If you watched the first series of Orangutan Jungle School, then there's good news - the programme is back for a second series!
The programme follows the adventures, trials and tribulations, successes and failures of the orphan orangutans who are attending Orangutan Jungle School to learn the skills they will need to survive and thrive in the wild.
We need all the good news we can get for rainforests at the moment, and there's two sets of good news from the Sumatran Orangutan Society today!
Temporary Moratorium set to become a Permanent one!
In an email, SOS sent a link to Mongabay which report that a temporary moratorium which prohibits the issuing of new permits to clear primary and peat forests is set to become permanent later this year. There is more that can be done to strengthen this action, such as including secondary forests, say environmental activists.
When it was first introduced back in 2011, the moratorium was largely ineffective in stemming deforestation; but since 2016, it has been shored up by peat-protection regularions which have helped to slow the loss of forest cover. And fears that the move would harm the economy have been unfounded.
There's also a need to close a loophole which allows primary and peat forests to be razed for rice, sugarcane and other crop planatations.
But the move to make the moratorium permanent is a start. Indonesia has pledged to slash its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 29% by 2030. Although it is one of the top emitters world-wide, most of the emissions come from deforestation and not the burning of fossil fuels.
The public did it and the money was raised - and on 17th June 2019, a restoration team will start to clear the oil palm trees using chainsaws. Once the oil palms have gone, the next phrase of restoration will start, bringing the land closer to being forest again!
The series follows the orangutans who are based at the world’s biggest orangutan rescue centre.
The orangutans have reached that point in their jungle school curriculum where they need to find out how to be safe around snakes. And staff head out to rescue an infant orangutan who, it turns out, has a broken wrist.
The appeal is aiming to buy an oil palm plantation on the edge of the Leuser Ecosystem, so that the land can be reclaimed and restored for orangutans and other wildlife. It means the habitat will be extended from the neighbouring national park.
The Sumatran Orangutan Society will work with its Indonesian partners - Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari (YOSL) to buy and restore this 890 acre site to its former natural glory.
There’s a very helpful FAQspage so that you can find out why this land matters, how it will be kept safe and how local communities will be involved.
There’s been great progress so far!
In only 6 weeks, the appeal has raised over £325,000 towards its £870,000 target!
There’s more good news – the Lion’s Share Fund has pledged to donate a further $190,000 and that will move the appeal over the half way point
Let’s keep the appeal moving
The appeal has to hit three targets along the way – it hit the first in September, and the second instalment is due in November, and the third is due in February 2019.
Please do what you can to tell others about the appeal and/or make a donation. Another £108,000 is needed to be able to pay the second instalment in November.
The charity was hoping to raise enough funds to plant 20,000 trees.
The good news is that sufficient funds were raised to reforest a vital area of orangutan habitat. The charity raised over $16,000 on the day with donations continuing to come in after the event, it was - at the time of writing - just a couple of hundred from its $20,000 target!
The charity also won several prizes during the event amounting to $10,000 in total, for receiving the most unique donations of any organisation and for raising the most funds of any Asian sanctuary taking part.
Thanks to kindness and generosity of the donors, the orangutans living in Pematang Gadung will have a better chance.