Supporting Sumatran Orangutan Society
From April to June 2019 we will be supporting Sumatran Orangutan Society as our chosen conservation charity. SOS works to protect Sumatran orangutans, their forests and their future. Together with partners in Sumatra and internationally they deliver conservation initiatives and do advocacy work. Their aim is to prevent Sumatra’s orangutans and other wildlife going extinct.
Protecting Sumatra’s forest ecosystems
Deforestation is the greatest threat facing orangutans, so protecting their habitat is crucial. By building partnerships with other NGOs working internationally and in Sumatra, SOS ensures that the impact of their campaigns is greater. Also, they lobby governments and companies to push for action to protect Sumatra’s forests.
Nature Picture Library’s donation will contribute to their vital campaign work. In fact, SOS has been active recently in the campaign to protect Tapanuli orangutan habitat. A proposed hydro dam project threatens the Batang Toru forest and could condemn the species to extinction.
Take a look at our new gallery on Sumatran orangutans and the work of Sumatran Orangutan Society. We have a wide selection of both still images and video clips of the Sumatran orangutan and the newly discovered and critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan. These include fascinating footage of the release of an orangutan into the wild.
Recommendations from Suzi Eszterhas and Bruce Davidson
NPL photographers Suzi Eszterhas, Andrew Walmsley and Bruce Davidson (creditline Jabruson) have photographed the work of Sumatran Orangutan Society and their partner NGOs. All are passionate advocates of their work. In Suzi’s words, “I am so proud to be a Patron to the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS). Having worked with their teams on the ground in Sumatra, I have seen firsthand how their work is truly making a difference. SOS is one of my favorite organizations to support, and I know every penny they raise will go towards education, orangutan rescue and rainforest restoration.” And Bruce adds this endorsement of their work: “Working at capturing a primate that effectively has four hands to grapple and grip with is a real challenge. The Indonesian veterinary capture teams were expert orangutan catchers, adept at moving these animals to safety with a minimum of fuss and with a dedication that had to be seen to be believed.”
and from Andrew Walmsley
Andrew Walmsley adds: “I’ve worked with The Sumatran Orangutan Society for several years now. I have seen the ways in which the work they support is changing the landscape in Sumatra. This is both in the physical ways with reforestation programmes and orangutan rescues, but also changing people’s relationship with nature. One of the most memorable moments was photographing a rescue of a large male orangutan whose home was being cut down to be turned into an oil palm plantation. The dedication of the team in the heat, mosquitos and rough terrain to give the animal the best chance of survival really brought home to me how important this work is. On another occasion I saw how a barren landscape could be turned into a viable forest habitat over just a few years through research and careful, tireless planting by the restoration team. It’s important to me that my images give something back to the wild animals and places I photograph. I know that I am contributing to SOS’ fundraising efforts by providing them with imagery for their various campaigns.”