Today on World Orangutan Day we’re celebrating our friends and partners from the Sumatran Ranger Project (SRP) who’s great mahi with their forest-edge communities is helping mitigate human-orangutan conflict - for the benefit of all!
Our very own deputy curator of mammals and primate expert, Amy Robbins, who founded SRP in 2016, recently returned from the forest border area just outside North Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park where the rangers are based.
Currently in Sumatra durian season is in full swing - a time that can exacerbate conflict. The highly nutritious durian (nick-named the ‘King of fruits’ and renowned for being the most pungent fruit in the world!) is a favourite food of orangutans. Also loved by Indonesians and of high economic value, it’s a vital source of income for some forest-edge landowners.