Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive

by Sumatran Orangutan Society
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive
Helping Tapanuli Orangutans Thrive

Project Report | Jan 18, 2024
Connecting Isolated Orangutans

By Rhia Docherty | Individual Giving Manager

Our frontline partners TaHuKah have been very busy in 2023, setting the foundations for a programme of work designed to secure the future for the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutans in North Sumatra. The entire remaining population of Tapanuli’s is based in the mountainous region of Batang Toru.

There are lots of pressures on the forest here from local populations for agriculture and infrastructure, and the main challenge is maintaining canopy connectivity across the landscape. Connected landscapes ensure that orangutans do not get trapped in small islands of forest, without enough food or diversity to breed. Connectivity is vital for orangutans and is the central focus of our work in Batang Toru.

To identify where the greatest threats to connectivity are, our partners have been mapping the forest and the activities in the region which might result in further fragmentation. This is helping to identify where we need to focus our efforts, and we have been meeting with communities and local administrations to discuss the need to protect the forest landscape in these key locations. The aim is to work together to ensure a secure future for the Tapanuli orangutans.

Thanks to your support we will scale this work up in the New Year, so watch this space!

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Sumatran Orangutan Society

Location: Abingdon, Oxon - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @orangutansSOS
Project Leader:
Sarah Moore
Abingdon , Oxon United Kingdom
$2,249 raised of $50,000 goal
39 donations
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