After a two-year break Lone Dröscher Nielsen returns to Borneo to meet the orangutans and the centre she founded 13 years ago. The time we have all waited for has come, to release the centres very first forest students into the rainforest.
Gorilla Doctors has conducted their fourth snare intervention in 2014 in the 3 countries where they work. Even with the challenge of a charging silverback, the Gorilla Doctors intervention was a success with the help of the dedicated Kahuzi Biega park rangers.
RIP Esdras Nsengiyumva | Very sad news, on Dec. 2, 2012, one of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International’s anti-poaching camps near Volcanoes National Park was attacked, & a member of the anti-poaching team was killed by gunfire. Esdras Nsengiyumva began working with Fossey Fund in March 2009 as a tracker in Titus’ group. His very high score on the recruitment exam proved to be a good indicator of the dedicated and talented tracker he would become.
Sumatran Orangutans Dying As Fires Burn Today after several weeks of legal wrangling to save an area of rainforest in Sumatra from burning the government there have refused to make a ruling on the case. Over the last week a man made firestorm has swept through a huge area of the remaining peat swamp forests of Tripa, devastating critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans to the very brink of extinction, possibly within months.
If the rainforest is further destroyed, the orangutans will loose their home and last refuges. They could be extinct within the coming decade. We cannot allow this to happen! Therefore, SOCP is fighting for the survival of these gentle Great Apes. But to carry on the urgently needed work, they depend on the continuing support of donors. Only with your financial contribution can they successfully continue to reintroduce orangutans and conserve the rainforest.
The orangutans are known for their intelligence, long arms and reddish-brown hair. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, they are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Orangutans spend nearly all of their time in the trees. They are more solitary than the other apes, with males and females generally coming together only to mate. Mothers stay with their babies until the offspring reach an age of six or seven years. Fully mature males can be distinguished by…
A manmade inferno inside the globally renowned Tripa rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia is pushing this forest’s unique population of Sumatran orangutans to the brink of extinction. Read more: Truth and Consequences: Palm Oil Plantations Push Unique Orangutan Population to Brink of Extinction
Linda Brent, who founded the Chimp Haven organization in 1995 and for the past 10 years has been president and CEO of the national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees in Keithville, La. She is retiring at the end of 2012.