Sumatran Orangutan Conservation
Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered, with less than 15,000 surviving in the wild due to habitat loss and poaching. Venture Force have joined forces with the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) to deliver this fantastic expedition. This expedition will give you the opportunity to not only work with the SOS and their partner organisations in Sumatra such as the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) on their frontline conservation projects but it will also give you the opportunity to trek through the stunning Leuser Ecosystem and experience the culture of this truly awe-inspiring place.
Whilst out in Sumatra, you will be working with local organisations such as the SOCP on their Orangutan Haven Project near Medan and with the OIC on their restoration project in the Leuser Ecosystem. You will also have the option to visit the working elephants of Sikundur and undertake activities such as river tubing.
This is an adventure not to be missed, what are you waiting for?!
WHEN AND WHAT CAN WE DO?
When: Your choice – we can offer these expeditions at a time that suits you!
The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) are a UK based charity who work to protect orangutans, their forests and their future. They support frontline conservation programmes and work tirelessly to campaign on issues threatening the survival of orangutans in the wild. They do this by: “supporting grassroots projects which empower local people to become guardians of the rainforests; restoring damaged orangutan habitat through tree planting programmes; campaigning on issues threatening the survival of orangutans in the wild; and, raising awareness about the importance of protecting orangutans and their rainforest home.”
Orangutans were once widespread through the forest of Asia, however they are now only found on two islands: Sumatra and Borneo. The orangutans found on each island are genetically different and both are highly endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. Orangutans also only rear young on average once every 7-8 years and females will usually have no more than 3 offspring in their lifetime. This means that orangutan populations grow very slowly and are very sensitive to habitat disturbances and hunting.
Fun Fact: The orangutan is one of our closest relatives, sharing a whopping 96.4% of our DNA.
SO WHY VENTURE FORCE?
We like to think we are different from the other companies offering this kind of experience. We limit the size of our expedition teams to allow you to feel part of a close and tight-knit team. This will give you a first class experience of the incredible expedition journey where you feel safe and secure and will give you a chance to get to know everyone in the group, including the leaders.
We want to foster your relationship with both our leaders and the in-country team from SOS; getting to know them personally, learning from their experiences and benefiting from their knowledge. We want you to really get the feel for Sumatra as a country, which is much more easily achieved if you are part of a small group. Let us open your eyes to what’s out there, broaden your horizons and let you feel at home in the jungle.
We want you to return from Sumatra having achieved your personal goals, be those physical, mental or ecological. We hope you return having realised that the environment we live in is so precious and that some of the extraordinary wildlife such as the Orangutan are critically endangered and are facing extinction – but that everyone has a part to play in reversing their fate.
How to find out more
If you want to know more about the expedition, including the costs, itinerary or fitness requirements, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, give us a call on +44 (0) 1664 490 453 or drop us a message using the form below.