Arrival of baby orangutan is a symbol of hope for conservation in Sumatra | Stories

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A plan to save the ‘Emerald of the Equator’
Indonesia was once nicknamed the ‘Emerald of the Equator’ for the lush rain forests that spread across the country’s 17,000 islands. But the island of Sumatra, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, has lost more than half of its forest cover in the last 30 years.

Still, stands of amazing, intact rain forest remain.

In 2015, WWF received a license to manage 100,000 acres of forest bordering Bukit Tigapuluh National Park that had originally been earmarked for logging concessions. We are working with FZS, The Orangutan Project, and indigenous forest-dwelling communities to restore parts of the land in Thirty Hills that had been deforested and protect animals from poaching and other harmful activities.

WWF and partners also work to maintain forest cover and connectivity between important forest blocks, which allows critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, tigers and elephants to disperse more widely and find food, habitat, and mates.

A symbol of hope
The birth of Violet’s daughter is an encouraging sign of our work in Thirty Hills. We’re committed to ensuring this spectacular forest and its wildlife survive long term.

Learn more about WWF’s work in Thirty Hills.

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