Wildlife Protection Units – One Ranger

Fundraising target $10,000

Fundraising $10,000 will provide enough funds to employee one ranger to protect the forest habitat of wild orangutans in the province of Jambi, Sumatra.

The Wildlife Protection Units (WPU) are responsible for patrolling the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem and the "buffer zone" surrounding the National Park borders. This is the location of the Bukit Tigapuluh orangutan re-introduction project in the province of Jambi, Sumatra, where over 150 orangutans have now been released, is the only reintroduction site for the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii).

The WPUs, entirely funded by TOP, are responsible for patrolling the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem. They help secure the released Sumatran orangutan population, being re-established after extinction in the 1830s, as well as major Sumatran tiger, elephant populations and all other wildlife that share the ecosystem, preventing illegal logging and wildlife crime. To date, the WPUs have been highly successful in deterring illegal activities within the ecosystem.

WPU Ranger questioning motorbike rider

Pledge for our primates and secure hope for their future!

We would like you to come to understand that the habitat of the orangutan, the tropical rain forest, is vital to not only orangutans but to other wildlife and to all of us on this planet. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. We want to inform citizens in our own communities of this connection and continue to enlighten local people in areas near orangutan habitat.