Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

With only around 14,613 individuals left, the Sumatran orangutan is considered one of the world’s most endangered primate species. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) was established in 1999 and is considered the foremost authority on the status and distribution of remaining wild Sumatran orangutans. Its mission is to conserve viable wild populations of Sumatran orangutans through habitat protection; rehabilitation and reintroduction of previously captive orangutans to the wild; education; survey work; and scientific research. Since 2002, more than 250 orangutans have been brought to SOCP’s state-of-the-art quarantine facility for confiscated illegal pets in North Sumatra, and over 220 have already been transferred to the rainforest for reintroduction. To learn more, visit