Conservation photojournalist with a focus on the manta and shark fin trade, palm oil & wildlife crimes. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #RacingExtinction
Also #latepost for #endangeredspeciesday
The year was 2012 and we was on the height of exposing the illegal behaviour of an oil palm company in Tripa peatswamp in the Leuser Ecosystem. The oil palm company has obtain their permit illegally and engaged in (also illegal) forest fires in an attempt to clear the land and make way for their plantation. Decimating species and habitat standing on its wake. •
Then on one of our field mission to document this atrocities we came across this one. The wildlife traders who held him captive told us he is only two months old. We believed them for he was so small and skinny, and we were ignorant on guessing orangutan’s age.
We collaborate with @iansingleton3622 from @socp.official to have him rescued. Then we learned that he is actually three years old. SOCP team did an epic job to get him to safety, name him “Chocolate”, re-train him to live life the orangutan ways, and eventually release him back into the wild. •
We share 96,4% of our DNA with orangutan, yet we decimated over 80% of their habitat.
Here some of the thing you can do to protect orangutan:
- Lend your voice. There is so many on going campaign that will lead to protection of Orangutan habitat, from places like Leuser Ecosystem or Batang Toru forest, where the latest species of Orangutan was discovered, to the global stage. - Be mindful and make educated choice. Look at the product you buy, if it contain palm oil, try spare few minutes to research the track record of the company. Are they a good company? PepsiCo, the makers of Lay’s chips, Quacker Oat, and Doritos are some of the worse environmental offenders. - Join a cause, volunteer with organisations working to protect Orangutan. If you’re time strapped, consider to donate.
- At the very least, follow these accounts and check out their updates @haka_sumatra@email@example.com@theorangutanproject@international_animal_rescue@orangutaninformationcentre@orangutanssos@orangutanveterinaryaid@orangutanoutreach@orangutancoffee •
and not to forget, the awesome photgrapher who put a lot of time and energy in the field to get pictures like this: @paulhiltonphoto
Photo by @paulhiltonphoto
For the past five years, conservation photojournalist and wildlife trade consultant Paul Hilton (@paulhiltonphoto) has lived in Indonesia documenting Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem. “It is often referred to as ‘the last place on Earth,’” says Paul. “It is the only remaining habitat shared by critically endangered Sumatran elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers and orangutans.”
Paul’s work in Sumatra focuses on the palm oil trade and the issues it causes for the more than 10,000 square miles (26,000 square kilometers) of the Leuser Ecosystem, including deforestation, climate change and habitat degradation. “My first interaction with a Sumatran orangutan was in the Tripa peat swamp forest with Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme team @socp.official . They had to rescue a large male orangutan caught in a very small block of forest. The orangutan was tranquilized, but it was still conscious. Seeing the ape up close, it made eye contact with me, and at that point, I realized how wrong it all was. To do this to such an intelligent being, to cut down these huge tracts of forest, was wrong on so many levels.” @socp.official@orangutaninformationcentre
Check out today’s story for #EndangeredSpeciesDay to learn more about Paul’s work.
Our deepest thoughts are with our friends in Leuser after a tragic accident claimed the life of one of their brightest rangers. We are thinking of you all and the family of Salman @haka_sumatra
This is the most highly traded mammal in the animal kingdom. It’s scales are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s meat consumed as a high end delicacy. Look out for the documentary titled NATURAL WORLD Pangolins: The World's Most Wanted Animal will be broadcasting on BBC2 tomorrow at 8pm and in the US next Wednesday 23rd May on PBS.
From the @bbcearth Thank you again for contributor your incredible footage to this film. Your unparalleled images helped us to highlight the wider illegal trade and brings emotional heft that side of the story.
Hawksbill turtle swims over a shallow reef, Komodo National Park, Indonesia. Looking forward to be getting into the ocean this weekend. I’m privileged to have always lived in walking distance to the big blue, happy days. turtle #turtles#turtlebeaches
Another calf is down after being left in a snare for many days, it’s family moved on. Zoom in on the image and see the from left foot, where the snare has started to cut through the leg. It’s a very sad situation, we are desperately trying to turn this situation around, but there is always someone on the take, clearing forest or poaching. We are still waiting to collars two herds to track there movements and put in place elephant patrol units, but we are waiting for the government to give us the go ahead. Link in my bio. Also in the news today In a precedent setting legal case that made headlines around the globe, rogue palm oil company PT Kallista Alam, previously found guilty of illegally burning protected Indonesian forests known as ‘the orangutan capital of the world’ and fined IDR 366 billion (approx. USD 26 million) has been granted ‘legal protection’ by the District Court of Meulaboh and has been able to sue Indonesia’s National Government in a shocking new legal development. What a f.... joke!! . It’s a sad day for the Leuser Ecosystem @firstname.lastname@example.org@istandwithmypack@rainforestactionnetwork@haka_sumatra@racingextinction
Foto: Zamzami Ali