Who: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) What: Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) (Critically Endangered) Where: Sumatra, Indonesia, and Asia Why: The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is a collaborative initiative between the Indonesia-based NGO the Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL; Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation), Swiss-based NGO the PanEco Foundation, and the Indonesian Government’s Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation. The SOCP works on all aspects of conservation of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme works on all aspects of Sumatran orangutan conservation.
Rescue, quarantine and reintroduction of illegal pet orangutans to form new, genetically viable and self-sustaining wild populations;
Surveys and monitoring of wild and reintroduced populations;
Research on conservation and behavioral ecology of wild orangutans;
Conservation education and awareness raising.
The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is the only project actively establishing entirely new, genetically viable and self-sustaining wild populations of any great ape species, anywhere in the world.