Center for Orangutan Protection (COP)

Orangutan Outreach is excited to announce our newest project with the Center for Orangutan Protection: COP Academy!

COP Academy is an extension of COP School, which was aimed at raising awareness among young conservationists and environmental activists in Indonesia. 400 students have graduated from COP School since 2011. This new venture will be working with a new group of young activists — many of whom were part of COP School as kids and have now grown up and continued the tradition of protecting orangutans and their forest home!

From 58 applicants, the COP team selected 14 participants to take part in the 2022 COP Academy. The training was held in Yogyakarta City (Java) 16-20 May 2022. This program combined class materials and practical materials from experts related to nature and animal conservation. The COP team trained the participants with theory, practice, and games while assessing their characters and mindset. After the class sessions, each student was interviewed one by one to explore their passion and skills. It will now be decided in which COP team each student will best fit.

It is our hope that this training will help grow a generation of great nature and animal conservationists who will be deployed directly to COP's work units in Kalimantan, Java and Sumatra. We hope that COP Academy graduates will become strong leaders for the animal conservation movement in Indonesia. We are excited to bring you updates on each of the students’ future work!

The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) is a fully mobilized team of dedicated orangutan activists. Indonesian nationals, they are determined to put an end to orangutan smuggling and poaching. Founded by Hardi Baktiantoro, the COP team travels throughout Borneo, Sumatra and Java confiscating orangutans who are being kept as illegal pets and going onto palm oil plantations and rescuing orangutans from the most perilous situations imaginable. They also now manage a new rescue center in the northeast corner of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).

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