Today at Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)'s Quarantine Center, we introduce some infant orangutans to the new forest school area. Deka, Sibring, Zuhra, and Ramadhani were exciting to play and training their wild behaviour around the trees.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Director, Dr. Ian Singleton welcome Mr. Patrick Murphy, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia Pacific affairs and team from The Consulate of the United States of America Medan (@konsulatasmedan) at SOCP Orangutan Haven site. Dr. Ian explained about the current development of the Orangutan Haven and how it will be a great place for Conservation and Education in the future.
More info about Orangutan Haven, please Visit : https://sumatranorangutan.org
Do you know that there is a place in North Sumatra called "Orangutan Haven" ?? Orangutan Haven is a place that being built for orangutans who can not be released as well as a center for education for children and the public.
A team from The Consulate of the United States of America in Medan visited Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)'s Quarantine Center and Orangutan Haven on Sunday (10/12/17). Juha Salin, Principal Officer of US Consulate in Medan (@konsulatasmedan) together with Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia Pacific affairs, Patrick Murphy come to see the orangutan conservation works by Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari-SOCP as one of the partner in implementing The Indonesian - American goverments commitment protecting Orangutan and its habitat.
The Tapanuli Orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), officially has been in the ranks of the IUCN RedList of Threatened Species in the worst possible position, Critically Endangered, with the next step being extinction.
Meet 'Cantik' (means Beautiful in Bahasa Indonesia), an infant Sumatran Orangutan that rescued last week from Tripa peat swamp area.
Tripa has been called as the orangutan capital of the world, but most of them is under threat by the palm oil plantations. The orangutans slowly starve because there is no longer enough food to sustain them or they are frequently killed by plantation workers when they emerge from the jungle in search of food.
Mothers also often die when protecting their babies, which are taken and sold as illegal pets. But luckly Cantik and her mother are safe and alreaady free now in Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)'s Reintroduction site in jantho, Aceh.
Our team went back in there and managed to pick both of them up safely!!! The mother, named Charlie, and her <1 year old infant, Cantik (Beautiful) were deemed by SOCP vet @ Andika Pandu Wibisono healthy enough to travel and were brought immediately to our Reintroduction Site at Jantho, Aceh. After arriving and a brief observation period in the temporary holding cages, Charlie and Cantik were both released into the forest.
Being females, both will be major players in the new wild population of their species being established there!
On the rainy long weekend, SOCP team along with staff from @BKSDA Aceh, just resqued two sumatran orangutans, a baby and her mother from the area of 'Orangutan Capital of the Worl'd, the Tripa swamps of the Leuser Ecosystem.
Some of you might remember 'Black' from a few months ago in the same place (so it's possible he is the father). As his forest habitat was becoming increasingly fragmented and unable to support him. Him we translocated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Reintroduction Site at Jantho, where he quickly went off into the rich forest to make a new life in this highly protected Nature Reserve, which we know can still handle many more orangutans, in terms of carrying capacity.
The Aceh Citizen Lawsuit Movement (GeRAM) held a press conference on Tuesday in Jakarta. The press conference is aimed at answering the question to why the supreme court ruling against PT Kallista Alam is still being ignored. GeRAM seeks justice in the case against palm oil company PT Kallista Alam for destroying 1000 hectares of the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest. The company have STILL yet to pay their USD 26 million dollars fines and restore the area! Stand by GeRAM to seek justice!! .
Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat mengadakan konferensi press hari Selasa di Jakarta. Konferensi pers tersebut bertujuan untuk mempertanyakan mengapa putusan Mahkamah Agung terhadap PT Kallista Alam terus diabaikan. GeRAM menginginkan keadilan untuk perkara ini, dimana PT Kallista Alam dinyatakan bersalah telah membakar 1000 hektar lahan Rawa Gambut Tripa. Perusahaan tersebut masih BELUM membayar denda Rp. 366 milyar dan melakukan restorasi lahan!
Our team at Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) ’s Quarantine center is making the new forest school area. Forest school is very important for orangutans to develop and training their wild behavior before ready for reintroduction.
More info about SOCP works for Orangutan Quarantine please visit : www.sumatranorangutan.org
A team from BKSDA Sumut (Center for Conservation of Natural Resources of North Sumatra) has visited Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)’s Quarantine center this morning to have a technical preparation regarding the plan of reintroduction for six sumatran orangutans.
Their visit aims to check and make sure that the condition of the orangutans all good and under control. SOCP supervisor for Quarantine and Reintroduction, drh.Citra Kasih welcome the team and explained that six released candidates are in good health, yet for now still in final quarantine period before they’re ready to be reintroduced to Jambi province next month.
Today (27/11), Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)'s Director, Dr.@ianSingleton3622, speaking on behalf of Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) in a public conference about Saving Batang Toru Forest through 'The Bio-Bridge Program' conducted by The Body Shop Indonesia in Medan, North Sumatera.
Some stakeholders from goverment (BKSDA Sumut, the regent of South and North Tapanuli), NGOs and media came and get involved in the discussion. The BodyShop Indonesia also give donation from its loyal customers to support YEL-SOCP mission to save this critically endangered species.
More information about Tapanuli Orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) and its habitat in Batang Toru forest, please visit : www.batangtoru.org
Photo by @TimLaman. A young, unflanged Tapanuli Orangutan male threatens another orangutan in the mountains of Sumatra. I just posted a shot of the much bigger male he is threatening over @TimLaman so check it out. Adult male orangutans are territorial and don’t tolerate each other. This young male is no doubt feeling his hormones surging and felt the urge to threaten the big male, but the big male just ignored him, knowing the younger male would run from a fight. When I made this image in 2014 on assignment for @NatGeo, I didn’t know this isolated population was going to be described as a new species of orangutan, Pongo tapanuliensis! It is amazing that in 2017, we are still making new discoveries about the great apes, our closest relatives. There is so much more to learn, but time is running out as they are critically endangered. Check out the link in my profile @TimLaman to read the @NatGeo News story about the new orangutan species, and check out the conservation group @socp.official working with the Indonesian govt to save these apes.
Photo by @TimLaman. A beautiful fully flanged male Tapanuli Orangutan taking a mid-day siesta. It was amazing how relaxed this male was in our presence, as we followed him through the rugged mountain forests of Sumatra. So much so that he took a snooze in a small tree where I had a perfect view to get this shot. But sadly, if he understood the broader situation around him, he probably wouldn’t be so at peace. This newly described third species of orangutan, while just scientifically confirmed, only has less than 800 individuals in their whole population! Though highly intelligent, orangutans have little control over this situation….. its up to us humans to make the right decisions to allow Tapanuli Orangutans and all the rich biodiversity of earth to persist. Or not. Where do you stand? See more of my Tapanuli orangutan photos by following me @TimLaman, and follow the links to help at @socp.official. #Endangered, #orangutan, #Tapanuli, #TapanuliOrangutan, #BatangToru, #Sumatra, #Indonesia, #IndonesiaBiodiversity, @NatGeoCreative
Trees in the forest is very important for Orangutan's life. Orangutan is well known as the most arboreal of the great apes, means Orangutan spend most of their time in trees. Orangutan find their foods by swaying from branch to branch, playing around there, and make their homes (the nest) from the leaves beyond the forest canopy.
Happy World Tree Day. Save Trees, Save Orangutan!! Photo by : @Maxime_Aliaga
7. Do you know that female orangutan prefer the males with bigger check-pads?
Mature male orangutans have large flappy cheek-pads, known as flanges, which frame their faces and make their heads look larger. In captivity, males as young as 13 years old develop cheekpads, but in the wild, some males may not grow them until the age of 30. Once a male has his cheekpads, he won't tolerate any other adult males in his vicinity and competes with them for access to receptive females. Cheekpads may also serve an acoustic function in helping project the 'long call' a male uses to broadcast his presence through the dense forest. [End]
In Frame : Opung, an adult male Sumatran orangutan at SOCP Sikundur Monitoring site.
6. Do you know that Orangutans have the most intense relationship between mother and young of any non-human mammal?
A mother of Orangutan carrying their offspring for the first five years, and may suckle them for six or seven years. For the first eight years of a young orangutans life, its mother is its constant companion. Until another infant is born, mothers sleep in a nest with their offspring every night. That’s why when we find an infant being illegal captivity that means also have killed one mother of orangutan.
In Frame : Beta, a mother of Tapanuli Orangutan and her baby, Bittang in SOCP Batang Toru Habitat Protection site.
5. Do you know that Orangutan is the slowest breeding of all primates?
Orangutan has the longest interbirths interval among the Great Apes. A female orangutan will produce a single infant only once every 8-9 years. Normally Orangutans have their first infant between the ages of 12 - 15 years old, and can live to 50 – 60 years old in the wild. So, a mother orangutan may raise only 4 - 5 offspring in her lifetime. Moreover, we never know how many of the babies will be a female, growing well and safe in their natural habitat until they become a mother and have their own babies.
In frame : Beta, a female Tapanuli Orangutan with her baby, Bittang in SOCP Batang Toru habitat Protection site.
4. Do you know that the 800 Tapanuli Orangutans remain only can find in Batang Toru Ecosystem, Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Indonesia?
The Tapanuli Orangutan survive in 1,100 square kilometers from 1,500 square kilometers total width of the forest of The Batang Toru Ecosystem. Mean while, Mining concessions, a proposed hydrodam, encroachment, and illegal logging all continue to threaten the Pongo Tapanuliensis’ habitat.
More info about Tapanuli Orangutan please visit : www.batangtoru.org
In frame : Betti a female Tapanuli Orangutan in SOCP Batang Toru Habitat Protection site.
3. Do you know that Sumatran Orangutan Concervation Programme (SOCP) has been starting to create new wild population of Orangutan in Aceh?
Since 2010, SOCP has reintroduced 100 orangutans to Jantho Forest, Aceh. The goal is to reintroduce over 350 orangutans in Jantho over the coming years. The good news is this year we have our first new wild baby of orangutan. The first male, Masen was found on September 11th, and the first female, Mameh just found last week, November 7th 2017.
In Frame : Marconi and Masen at SOCP Jantho Reintroduction site
Photo by : SOCP/Suryadi
2. Do you know that the research has indicated that Tapanuli Orangutan (Pongo Tapanuliensis) is the ancestral to the other species of Orangutan?
The Tapanuli Orangutan was previously believed to be the southernmost populaton of the Sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii. However, based on multi-disciplinary research efforts over several years by a team of Indonesian and international scientists looking at genetics, morphology, ecology and behaviour, it became clear that the Tapanuli orangutan was in fact closer to the Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, than the Sumatran, so it should be considered a separate species.
More info about Tapanuli Orangutan, please visit www.batangtoru.org
Location : SOCP Batang Toru Habitat Protection site
Photo by : @walmswild
1. From our recent surveys, we know there are only around 14,000 orangutans left in the wild in Sumatra today. That’s worrying when you remember some of the big football stadiums out there can seat up to 100,000 people, meaning all the Sumatran orangutans in the world would fit easily in the seats at just one end, behind the goal!
Then can you imagine how Critical Endangered is the Tapanuli Orangutan with only 800 individuals left??
Location : SOCP Sikundur Monitoring station
Photo by : SOCP/ @Supri_ketambe