Orangutan Evacuation 18 April 2012 | Paul Hilton Photos

An adult male orangutan is tranquillised by officers from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) before being captured and relocated in Tripa forest. Tripa is home to the largest remaining population of endangered Sumatran orangutans. Although Tripa is recognised as an important peatland ecosystem, and is also covered by Indonesia’s moratorium on deforestation, these forests are being cleared for palm oil plantations.
Indonesia’s civil society coalition for forest protection, including Greenpeace, say the moratorium has been undermined by weak legislation and weak enforcement. It provides little extra protection for forests, carbon-rich peatlands, forest-dependent peoples and endangered species such as the Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger and ramin tress that depend on the forests for their survival. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

An adult male orangutan is captured for re-release after it’s home forest has quickly been cleared for palm oil plantations in Tripa, Aceh Province, 18 April 2012. The Tripa Peatswamp forest supports the highest density of Sumatran Orangutans anywhere on earth, but are still being cleared by palm oil companies who think they are beyond the reach of the law, the situation is urgent and requires action according to Dr Ian Singelton, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program. Photo: Paul Hilton

Advertisements

Tags: , , ,

About endoftheicons

The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: