Dr. Ian Singleton, director of conservation for the PanEco Foundation/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, is bring recognized as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished work in orangutan conservation.
Dr. Ian Singleton has dedicated 30 years of his life to this important work. SOCP has been a leader in orangutan conservation, by creating a new self-sustaining wild orangutan population in Sumatra and by increasing conservation efforts and success on wild orangutan habitat in Southeast Asia.
The Orangutan Conservancy has worked with Dr. Ian Singleton over the years and we are so happy to hear of his achievements, not only in orangutan rehabilitation and release but also of in habitat conservation. His work to save this critically endangered has not only found achievement and breakthrough in conservation but has also brought a significant amount of awareness to this important endeavor.
Upon learning of this award, Dr. Ian Singleton expressed the following:
“I am of course extremely honoured to be recognised with this award, but must emphasise our work is as urgent as ever. The science predicts orangutans will be infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and we have no idea how it might impact them. We too are on the front lines of this awful pandemic, only with different species!”Dr. Ian Singleton
It is more important than ever to support orangutan conservation right now. As you read above, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has the potential to affect wild orangutan populations, which could be detrimental to their survival. We must band together and ensure the future of this species.