The SOCP Orangutan Haven and Wildlife Conservation Education Centre will be the first of its kind. Its development will achieve a number of important conservation goals vital for a more positive and sustainable future for Northern Sumatra’s people, wildlife and environment.
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Orangutan Haven will provide a refuge for rescued orangutans who for reasons of health or disability caused by human impact are unable to be released back into the wild. These orangutans currently reside in 6m x 6m holding cages at the SOCP Quarantine Centre and this orangutan refuge, by way of moated islands developed from natural habitat, allows these orangutans, who can live up to 60 years old, to roam freely and live enriching lives while still receiving the long-term care they need. Importantly, this development is open to the public allowing visitors to witness first hand the negative impact their actions have on the lives of orangutans – an important step in engaging local participation in conservation.
The second purpose of SOCP Orangutan Haven is to promote the protection and preservation of native wildlife and their surrounding environment through education to influence a change in attitude and behaviour towards animal welfare, as well as demonstrate sustainable agriculture practices to encourage employment outside industries exploit the land.
In addition, the development of the SOCP Orangutan Haven will provide local employment, protect the host of native wildlife species that live within and around the 48 hectare site, as well as protecting Medan’s main water source – the ecosystem which provides life to the area – from commercial development.
Once developed, it is envisaged SOCP Orangutan Haven will become a top ecotourism attraction operating on visitation revenue. Funds are desperately needed to make Orangutan Haven a reality.
How can you Build a Sanctuary?
You can help by virtually acquiring blocks of land in northern Sumatra with a donation, where all proceeds go directly to the sanctuary development! You will also receive a certificate, orangutan bio and updates on their progress.
For more information on the Orangutan Haven Project, please contact us here.
Donate to Orangutan Haven and secure a piece of the future!
To counteract the explosive extinction of the Sumatran rainforest, the Orangutan Coffee Project supports coffee farmers in the highland of Gayo, Aceh province to manage their plantations in an ecological and sustainable way.
Special premiums from Orangutan Coffee trade reward both local coffee farmers and also support the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.