Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans

by Sumatran Orangutan Society
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Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans
Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans
Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans
Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans
Conserving Intact Rainforest for Orangutans

Project Report | May 9, 2024
Reconnecting fragmented forest for orangutans

By Juang Solala Laiya | Storyteller

Bridge of Hope
Bridge of Hope

Deep in the lush, vibrant rainforests of West Toba, something incredible was happening along the crucial stretch of the Lagan-Pagindar road — an eight-day whirlwind of activity as teams from Vertical Rescue Indonesia and TaHuKah built an artificial canopy bridge. It wasn’t just any construction project; this was a lifeline, crafted to stitch back together the fragmented homes of the region’s Sumatran orangutans. These majestic creatures, with their gentle eyes and thoughtful ways, now had a safe path over the dangers of roadways, reuniting them with patches of forest they’d been cut off from.

The folks working on this weren’t just any crew—they were a dedicated bunch, many of whom were observing Ramadan. Imagine this: they fasted all day, no food, no water, from sunrise to sunset, yet their spirits never waned. They toiled under the relentless heat of the sun, often caught off guard by sudden downpours, yet their determination never faltered. It was a true testament to the strength and heart it takes to stand up for our planet.

This new bridge is more than just a way for the orangutans to get from A to B. It’s a crucial piece in the puzzle of their survival, letting them roam freely to mingle, mate, and munch across what used to be treacherous divides. It’s about keeping the family tree diverse, which is key to keeping them thriving, not just surviving. They can now chase new horizons, find fresh fruit, and maybe even a new love, all thanks to this aerial pathway.

Now, with these canopy bridges completed, they stand as beacons of hope and as symbols of continuity for the Sumatran orangutans in West Toba. It’s a striking reminder of what’s possible when human creativity, respect for nature, and an unwavering resolve come together in the quest for conservation. This monumental project marks a significant step toward fostering a more harmonious coexistence between humans and the natural world, ensuring a safer, more connected future for Sumatra’s wildlife.

The team prepares for construction
The team prepares for construction
Building the canopy bridge
Building the canopy bridge
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Sumatran Orangutan Society

Location: Abingdon, Oxon - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @orangutansSOS
Project Leader:
Lucy Radford
Abingdon , Oxon United Kingdom
$17,037 raised of $40,000 goal
387 donations
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