Gober returns to the wild with her unique twins

On January 5th 2015, Gober, a formerly blind orangutan mother of twins at SOCP was returned to a life in the wild in Jantho Reintroduction Station Aceh, Sumatra Indonesia. The release of Gober was only possible due to groundbreaking cataract surgery in 2012 that restored her eyesight. Twin orangutan births are rare, but Gober's twins are totally unique as they were born to parents who were BOTH blind. Their father Leuser, lost his eyesight when shot at least 62 times with an air rifle.

Sadly, the plan to release Gober and both of her twin infants together did not work out as hoped. All three were released at the same time, but Ganteng did not take well to the forest environment and Gober struggled in the trees with two infants to watch out for. It was not long before she seemed to give up trying, and poor little Ganteng was left behind. SOCP Director Dr Ian Singleton said “The last couple of days have been an emotional roller coaster ride, for all of us at SOCP but especially for Ganteng, and presumably for Gober and Ginting too. No one believed she would leave one of her twins behind, at least not so soon after release. We're all a bit stunned at just how quickly it happened.” He went on to add “Gober and Ginting are doing fine and it remains to be seen if they will try looking for Ganteng again or not. In the meantime the most important thing is that all of them are safe. If she doesn't come back for him, he will still get his chance of a life free in the forest in the not too distant future.”


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New report outlines serious threats to Leuser Ecosystem. Take action!

One of the most unique places on earth, the Leuser Ecosystem, is under attack.
Fires, illegal logging, pulp and palmoil plantations, and the companies responsible are exposed in a new report by Rainforest Action Network.

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Historic ruling against the destruction of Tripa

On January 8, the Indonesian courts found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning forests within the Tripa Peat Swamps and fined the palm oil company with approximately 9 million US dollars. With this sentence, the courts delivered a historic ruling agains the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

The Tripa Peat Swamp forests are part of the Leuser Ecosystem, which is the only place on earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans can be found living together. Therefore it was listed as one of the 'World's Most Irreplaceable Protected Areas' by the World Conservation Union IUCN. The sentence against PT Kallista Alam is interpreted as a clear message to other companies working in Aceh and  a sign for an improved law enforcement against environmental offenders in the region. Still it is but one step in the right direction. Right now, Aceh's Parliament is pushing a new spatial land use plan which completely ignores the protected status of the Leuser Ecosystem.

For further information about the case, the new spatial land use plan and statements of Ian Singleton and other conservationists, please visit the website of our Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP.

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Orangutan rescue taking place in Tripa Peat Swamp Forest

The SOCP Team was heading into the forest to rescue and relocate an Orangutan who trapped in a small pocket of protected forest surrounded by encroaching palm oil plantations. The adult male orangutan has been trapped in over the last months. He has no longer the food to support his existence. See more about the rescue highlights >>

Publication: Developing Palm-oil Production

This publication provides detailed information on the implications of palm-oil production on degraded land. It is based on a unique field project lead by the PanEco Foundation with support of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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