SOS is delighted to launch our Conservation Greenprint, our strategy to 2030. It is a groundbreaking roadmap for orangutan conservation with communities, partnerships and science at its core.
Evolving from more than 20 years of impactful programmes and partnerships, enabled thanks to our loyal and passionate supporters, our strategy lays out how we will take our conservation efforts to the next level in the years ahead.
To move towards a thriving future for Sumatra’s orangutans, communities and their forests, we must focus on three goals: to Protect, Connect and Rewild orangutan landscapes.
With support from our vital donors and collaborators, we can help orangutans, nature and humanity to thrive, together.
We hope that you will join us on this ambitious and optimistic journey.
The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit Call Centre service plays a significant role in enabling orangutans and humans to be able to co-exist peacefully. The service connects people in conflict-prone areas to HOCRU teams who can investigate further and provide support.
Not every call leads to orangutans. Most of the time, the team only finds traces such as nests or broken trees where orangutans have been foraging. Even when an orangutan is found it is not always necessary to perform a rescue. The first thing to do is to monitor the orangutan, and to see the possibility of driving them back into the forest without physical contact. This is exactly what happened at a village in Central Tapanuli recently. The HOCRU Team worked together with the government’s conservation authority, BKSDA, and the local community and drove the orangutan back into protected forest by using loud noises.
When the team decides to carry out a rescue, the welfare of the orangutan is always their top priority. They have to make sure that they minimise the risks as much as possible, so that the evacuated orangutan is not hurt when it falls down a tree after getting tranquilized and the translocation process moves the orangutan to safer and protected forest.
In September, the HOCRU Team in Batang Toru rescued an orangutan. It was a joint effort between BKSDA, Scorpion (another local wildlife organisation), the local community, and the HOCRU Team. Together they managed to evacuate a female orangutan who had found herself in community farmland. Following a physical examination to ensure she was healthy, the orangutan was translocated to an area of protected forest where she could live safely.
Making loud noises to encourage orangutan movement
Something happened recently which has never happened before: the HOCRU teams were called to evacuate or confiscate six orangutans in just one week.
The orangutans ranged from a ten year old male who was found in a village in Besitang to a one year old female who was confiscated from a YouTuber who had wanted to use her to make videos. The teams also completed a joint evacuation of a female and her baby who were isolated in a plantation in Aceh Province, plus two other rescues of adult female orangutans found alone in agricultural areas rather than in the forest.
Though this number of rescues in a week is very unusual, it shows that the HOCRU teams are still very much needed as we and our partners work towards a future where orangutans no longer need so much human assistance.
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