Who we are
We are a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about preventing habitat loss in Sumatra, Indonesia. Together and in partnership with local Indonesian-run Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) and Photographers Without Borders (PWB), we're fundraising to protect and conserve more than 50 hectares of rainforest land in Sumatra, which is adjacent to the Gunung Leuser ecosystem. We will also be building a primate rescue centre on-site.
This way, animals (orangutan, elephants, tigers, rhino, and thousands of other species) may migrate to and from conservation lands more safely. And endangered primates can get the care they need when rescued from trafficking.
Why do wildlife need sanctuary in Sumatra?
Because 'the Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear within 20 years' (statement made in this article). It is the only place in the world home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, tiger, elephant and rhino. Deforestation is occurring exponentially in Sumatra, largely due to palm oil plantations and animal agriculture. Just recently we have seen images of Indonesia ablaze as pristine rainforest is slashed and burned to make way for yet more palm plantations. People are now being affected by pollution from fires out of control (the aftereffects have been called "crimes against humanity" in this article) in addition to water shortages due to the heavy thirst of the palm trees. We believe the best thing we can do for the planet is to conserve as much of it's natural beauty as possible.
The "Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary" movement aims to create nature reserves/"sanctuary" by conserving land around the Gunung Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra.
To create a palm oil plantation, the forest is chopped down and animals (such as orangutan, tigers, elephants, and rhino) that remain or defend their territory are killed, captured or driven away. Without your help, these lands will likely fall into the hands of palm oil plantations and other developments, and more animals will go extinct. The Sumatran rhino is pretty much there already.
Why do humans need conservation?
Palm plants also suck up tons of water from the ground, which in turn affects people, who need water for drinking, cooking and bathing. It's not as easy as "saying no to palm oil"--not only is palm oil in countless products (often disguised in labelling as "vegetable oil"), we need to conserve more, and palm plantation workers need work alternatives if the aim is to move away from palm oil production, which is the main source of work on the island.
Conservation provides all kinds of opportunities for people, the planet and wildlife.
The goal of the fundraiser
We will raise over $100,000 USD to purchase around 50 hectares of pristine rainforest land around the Gunung Leuser ecosystem and begin set-up and building arrangements for the sanctuary.
Conserving the land will also help us to establish wildlife corridors to safely reconnect Sumatran wildlife, including orangutans, tigers, elephants and much more, to the larger body of the forest.
Indonesia is the only place in the world you will find Sumatran orangutans in their natural habitat.
Sumatran rainforests (orangutan and primate habitat) are being bulldozed at an alarming rate for palm oil plantations and agriculture, threatening wild populations of orangutan and other primates and endangered species.