Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), shows us how the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan's rainforest habitat is being restored with their Forest Restoration program.
By planting and nurturing the right combination of 'framework species' we can see that after just a few years a functioning and self-sustaining eco-system is well on its way to regenerating inside Gunung Leuser National Park.
In the 1990's a Palm Oil company illegally cleared over 500 hectares of this world heritage listed tropical rainforest, which forms part of the globally significant biodiversity 'hot-spot' known as the 'Leuser Eco-system', the last place on Earth where Sumatran Orangutan, Tiger, Elephant and Rhino inhabit the same ecological landscape.
By evicting the illegal oil palm operation and initiating active forest restoration within the National Park, this has protected many thousands of hectares at risk of further encroachment, securing the immense biodiversity as well as eco-system function for surrounding villages.
Please support this pioneering project today and help secure the future for Sumatran Orangutan: