Earth 4 Orangutans (SOCP)
We are thrilled to be joining forces with Dr Ian Singleton, Jessica McKelson and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) on an exciting new orangutan sanctuary project in Sumatra. We will be continually updating this page, so please check back soon and often! You can also see and learn more on the main Earth 4 Orangutans website!
What is Earth 4 Orangutans?
E4O is the development of a vital island orangutan sanctuary in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia for rescued orangutans who for reasons of ill health or injury due to human impact require long-term care and can never be released into the wild. The sanctuary will allow each individual an enriching life within a natural habitat setting. The sanctuary will also become a crucial conservation education resource aimed at changing attitudes towards wildlife and the environment within the region, utilizing the orangutans as the forefront of conservation education.
Tila, Dek Nong, Leuser, Gober & the Twins (Ginting and Ganteng) currently reside at the SOCP center where they are being cared for by dedicated staff while they wait for their new homes. Click on their names to learn their stories. Gober’s positive response to cataract surgery means she has a good proportion of her sight restored. This means she will be able to be released back into the wild, along with her twins Ginteng and Ganteng, in early 2014. Gober is a very attentive mother and it will be a great privilege to be able to return her to the forest so she can live out the rest of her life in the wild while raising her twins as wild orangutans, teaching them how to make day and night nests, forage for termites and which trees have the best fruit! In the meantime she continues to be a fantastic ambassador for E4O.
How can I get involved?
Until 9th January 2014, E4O is participating in a CrowdRise Holiday Fundraising Challenge. The more money we raise, the more opportunity we have to win more money along the way and a possible $100,000 at the end! All donors go in the draw to win great prizes such as a place on a Raw Wildlife Encounters eco tour! Click here to donate via Crowdrise.
(Contributions made via this button will be allocated to SOCP.)
Raw Wildlife Encounters!
Witness wild orangutans on an E4O fundraising adventure through Raw Wildlife Encounters! On this eco tour you will visit the SOCP quarantine centre and meet world leading orangutan expert Dr Ian Singleton on an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit. You will then spend 7 days on an adventure around wildlife hotspots of Northern Sumatra, supporting local community conservation projects and getting up close to elephants, orangutans and a wealth of Sumatran wildlife. There are limited positions so enquire now!
Earth 4 Orangutans is looking for skilled volunteers in the areas of events, fundraising, grant writing and online content development. If you would like to be involved, please contact us!