Oct 7, 2020

Six months at Singkil.

Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve is a vitally important habitat for orangutans and many other threatened species. Being a peat swamp forest, it also provides critical ecosystem services such as carbon storage and flood prevention. 

The restoration team is working hard to restore 500 hectares of the reserve. This process is slightly different to the restoration method at other sites - because it's a peat swamp forest, the team must measure water levels before embarking on tree-planting to ensure the swamp is not at risk of drying out.

The photo above shows six months of progress at the reserve - isn't it amazing?

Thank you so much for your support - we couldn't do this without you.

Sep 1, 2020

Back To School in Sumatra

Socially distanced gardening.
Socially distanced gardening.

After nearly a full semester of online classes, Leuser Nature School started its new academic year with socially distanced in-person classes a few weeks ago. 

On the first day back, the students worked together to clean up the school garden, as it had been a few months since any of them had been present to tend to the plants growing there. The teachers also delivered an assembly about preventing the spread of Covid-19, explaining the school's new health and safety protocols.

To ensure that students and teachers can stay healthy throughout the coming semester, the school management designed special buckets with taps to enable regular handwashing without having to queue for the school bathroom. They have also bought lots of soap and hand sanitiser to keep everyone safe. 

Here's to a happy, safe and healthy new semester at Leuser Nature School. Thank you for continuing to support this truly special project.

Keeping distanced in the classroom.
Keeping distanced in the classroom.
Lots of hand-washing supplies.
Lots of hand-washing supplies.
Aug 13, 2020

A fresh start for Jen.

Jen undergoing a health check.
Jen undergoing a health check.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip many countries around the world, including Indonesia, the HOCRU teams continue to work hard to monitor isolated orangutans and rescue those who are particularly in need. A few weeks ago, the team worked together with the forestry authorities and local people to evacuate an isolated female orangutan from Kapa Seusak village in Aceh province.

The orangutan, later named Jen, was found in a plantation around 8km away from the forest. Fortunately, her health check showed that she was in perfect condition, with no injuries or malnutrition, so she was released back into the wild the same day.

Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time. You are helping orangutans have a safe future in the wild.

The health check continues.
The health check continues.
Returning to the wild.
Returning to the wild.

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