Thanks to your generous support, hundreds of thousands of tree seedlings have now been planted on over 200 hectares of damaged orangutan habitat in Northern Sumatra. A group of local farmers have been managing the project, and are now proud guardians of the Leuser forests, the last stronghold for the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, along with countless other endangered and endemic species which share their rainforest home.
There was a small setback when a herd of wild elephants passed through the replanting site on their migration route - but this just goes to show how important this area is for so many species, and planting was able to continue once the elephants had moved on. And the silver lining is that elephant dung makes an excellent natural fertiliser for the newly planted seedlings!
Thanks to our education and outreach programme in the region, the communities living on the edge of these critical forests now have a deeper understanding of the ecological services that rainforests provide, and the ways that these benefit millions of people every day. This is the first step to fostering conservation action - and indeed the local people have sprung into action to save their forests.
Thank you for your help in reaching our target of raising at least £1,000 from 50 donors - we have earned a permanent place on the GlobalGiving website, which will help us raise even more money for our forest restoration projects in Sumatra. Your donation will be used to plant indigenous tree seedlings in damaged areas of the Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra, one of the last strongholds for the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan.
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Many thanks once again for your support - we couldn't have passed the challenge without you!
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