The Orangutan Information Centre, located in Sumatra, and one of the projects that the Orangutan Conservancy helps to support in 2017 has recently released their annual report.
This project supports the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan through rescue, education, and the implementation of best practice techniques for mitigating human orangutan conflict (HOC) in agricultural landscapes adjacent to the Leuser Ecosystem. The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) team responds to human orangutan conflict reports, as well as reports of illegally held captive orangutans, and conducts regular field monitoring of translocated and known isolated populations of orangutans. The unit conducts data collection and mapping of forest-adjacent villages to gain understanding of crop raiding species, and host regular training and workshops on human-wildlife conflict mitigation methods, as well as distributing educational materials.
In the report HOCRU states, “In the April 2016 – March 2017 project period, we have rescued 24 orangutans: 9 females and 15 males, with 13 evacuated from farmlands and 11 confiscated from the illegal pet trade.”
The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to help support the great team at HOCRU. Please join us today so that we can continue to be there for important orangutan projects like the Orangutan Information Centre.