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Organisation: The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

Website: http://www.sumatranorangutan.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sumatranorangutan Category 1 Organisation profile: SOCP is endeavouring to conserve viable wild populations of the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan. We do this by habitat protection, reintroduction of confiscated pets to the wild, education, survey work and scientific research. - To ensure all remaining viable wild Sumatran orangutan populations and their habitat are fully protected and safe from destruction, - To establish new viable populations of the species in the wild via reintroduction of confiscated illegal pets, serving as a safety net for the original wild population, - To increase knowledge of wild orangutan distribution, status, threats, behavior and ecology, - To change perceptions among Indonesian citizens in terms of animal welfare, understanding of sustainable development, and natural resource management. Project outline: This release site in the Pinus Jantho nature reserve, Aceh has been operational since March 2011 and thirteen animals from the quarantine station in Medan have now been successfully released there proving it to be of enormous value and potential. All released animals at Jantho are implanted with radio transmitters and monitored following release. A further 30 animals are planned to be released in the next 12 months from this site, however to do this investment is required to increase the release capacity of the facility. Surveys carried out during 1990-2009, found no existing wild orangutan population in the region of the Pinus Jantho Nature Reserve despite the fact that the forest is indeed very similar to those elsewhere in Aceh where wild orangutans do live. Jantho is a pristine site that has most of the mega fauna of Sumatra – including elephants, tigers, sun bears, macaques and a huge diversity of bird and herp fauna. The release site was chosen for numerous reasons; it contained suitable wild orangutan habitat including many favored food tree species, it is a protected area and it does 43

Profile for Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

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