Deforestation is the greatest threat facing orangutans - so protecting and restoring their habitat is absolutely crucial. We want to stop any more forests from falling - vital if we are to secure a future for orangutans in the wild, and reduce or eliminate the need for rescue centres and forest restoration programmes. We develop and deliver strategic campaigns to support the protection of the remaining primary forests of northern Sumatra.
The relentless destruction of rainforests has pushed the Sumatran orangutan to the edge of extinction. With only around 14,600 remaining in the wild, this incredible species is critically endangered. Projects such as reforestation and rescuing endangered orangutans are vital, but ultimately we need to make sure that wild orangutans have safe forests in which to live.
SOS supports strategic action to protect the Leuser Ecosystem. We: * build partnerships with other NGOs working internationally and on the ground in Sumatra to ensure that the impact of campaigns is magnified * funnel money to partners who need to urgently respond to situations on the ground * lobby government and companies to push for pledges and action to protect forests * share knowledge and learning between NGOs and facilitate joint-working
This is our vision: * A viable thriving and growing population of Sumatran orangutans living in wild and free in their protected rainforest home. * Local communities are actively engaged in activities which sustain the forest, and protected areas are free of encroachment. * Illegal activities have ceased as laws are effectively enforced. * People, both in Sumatra and around the world, are passionate about forest and orangutan conservation
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