SavingSpecies is thrilled to announce support for its most ambitious conservation project yet: the Sumatra Forest Connectivity Project for Orangutans and Tigers!
Sumatra, a major island of Indonesia, is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. It is home to great cats like the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae); primates like the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and endangered Mitred leaf monkey (Presbytis melalophos); and birds like the critically endangered Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil).
There is a simple and depressing reason why there are so many threatened and endangered species in Sumatra—decades of logging, mining, and palm oil plantation development have devastated the once sprawling forests of the island. Reversing this mass deforestation and fragmentation will not be easy—but it is possible.
SavingSpecies is partnering with PanEco’s Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and Sumatra-based Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) to begin creating a ~500 hectare protected corridor in the Batang Toru forests of north-central Sumatra, an area of spectacular biodiversity.
In brief, the project will help create a 500 hectare forest corridor between two existing forest protected areas. The project will benefit orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and pangolins—all critically endangered. And those are just some of the ‘stars’ of the area (see the full species list on our project page for more details).
We hope this project is just the beginning of a long term effort in Sumatra, particularly in the Batang Toru forest region. Quite simply, it is SavingSpecies’ most ambitious project effort to date, and we are proud to spread our strategy to Connect, Protect, and Restore forests to a place as wonderful—and threatened—as Indonesia.
The work in Sumatra that lies ahead will be challenging. But we are confident that with your continued support, we can make a real difference for the spectacular wildlife of Sumatra.
Please support the Sumatra Forest Connectivity Project for Orangutans and Tigers today.