Working Together in Sumatra

 In Conservation, News, Partnerships, Restoration, Tree Planting

Rainforest Rescue’s Orangutan Habitat for Survival Project is working in partnership with the Orangutan Information Centre in North Sumatra to save endangered animals, by restoring and protecting critical habitat in the Gunung Leuser National Park.

We are replanting rainforest species; removing illegally planted oil palms; and preventing further clearing of rainforest by providing alternative and sustainable employment through rainforest restoration to the local community.

What we’ve done

So far this financial year, Rainforest Rescue has contributed $20,000 to the project.

In collaboration with students from Cranbrook School in Sydney (who fundraised), we distributed five camera traps and GPS equipment in the Gunung Leuser National Park (Northern Sumatra).

We distributed 20 camera traps and GPS equipment to the Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation (ALeRT) for use in the Bambangan Reforestation Area in Way Kambas National Park (Southern Sumatra).

What we’ve discovered

Besitang Reforestation Site

Camera traps show that critically endangered wildlife is returning. This was formally an illegal palm oil plantation.

Gunung Leuser National Park

Orangutans and Eurasian wild pigs have been captured on camera.

Way Kambas National Park

17 species have been captured on camera including:

  • Sumatran elephant
  • Red muntjac deer
  • Large spotted civet
  • Yellow-throated marten
  • Malayan porcupine
  • Leopard cat
  • Red langur monkey
  • Plantain squirrel
  • The great argus
  • Crested fireback
  • Red junglefowl




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