Plant Trees to Save Orangutan Habitat
Plant trees to reforest vital habitat for the critically endangered orangutan in Sumatra!
With a wild population of fewer than 7,000, the Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) may be the first Great Ape to become extinct. Once widespread throughout the forests of Asia, orangutans are now confined to just two islands, Sumatra and Borneo. Both species are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.
The term "Orang Hutan" literally translates as "Person of the Forest," and indeed, the orangutan shares 96.4% of its DNA with humans, making it one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. But while humans can reproduce and expand seemingly without limit, the orangutan breeds much more slowly than any other primate, making the population even more vulnerable to habitat disturbance and hunting.
The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) has been working in Indonesia for years to both educate about the importance of conservation and to help reverse the damage of deforestation. By creating tree nurseries, SOS provides sustainable livelihoods for communities surrounding critical orangutan habitat. Communities therefore no longer need to rely on collecting wood and other forest products for an income. SOS has planted over a half million seedlings, and provides training so that communities can be self-sufficient in producing their own seedlings for future replanting.
Among SOS's projects are: Replanting hardwood and fruit trees in degraded areas of the Leuser forests in northern Sumatra, the most important remaining habitat for the Sumatran orangutan. They work with local government and communities to restore vital orangutan habitat that has been damaged by illegal oil palm plantations and other development inside the protected area, and provide training for farmers on how to protect their crops without harming wildlife.
You can help. This Gift That Gives More™ plants 50 native species tree seedlings to help reforest vital areas of orangutan habitat, helping ensure that this close cousin of humankind survives and thrives.
Report from the Field
From Helen Buckland, 2012
Since 2003, SOS has planted over 600,000 trees. This is obviously great news, and in no small part thanks to the donations and support of GreaterGood.
Your funds were used to support our forest restoration work in the Gunung Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, South East Asia. These forests are the only place on the planet where orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos all coexist - and all are critically endangered. Our work to protect and restore these forests therefore supports the conservation of all of these species and so many more.
The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) is dedicated to the conservation of Sumatran orangutans and their forest home. Together with a team of committed Indonesian conservationists, it works with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat. It visits schools, plants trees and provides training to help the local people work towards a more sustainable future for their forests.
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