Safeguard, rescue and protect orangutans

WCI Canada Foundation is  establishing a  new Mobile Orangutan Rescue Team in Sumatra to investigate, document and expose the destruction of orangutan habitat and to undertake urgent rescues of displaced and illegally held orangutans. The new team will undertake the following critical activities:


Investigate and campaign against crimes and abuse of orangutans and other wild species, including:

  • the destruction of habitat, with a focus on the Leuser Ecosystem and Batang Toru,
  • hunting and killing of protected species from both traditional hunting and sport/airgun use,
  • illegal trade of protected species and their body parts including primates, wild cats, elephants, rhino and bears,
  • illegal possession of protected species including orangutans and wild cats, and
  • inhumane captive wildlife facilities and abuse with a focus on zoos.

Rescue illegally held orangutans and other wild species and provide assistance to improve conditions of those held legally in captive facilities, including:

  • investigating illegal possession of wild species including orangutans and working with law enforcement where necessary to assist authorities to undertake confiscations, 
  • safely transporting orangutans to relevant care centres after rescue, and
  • providing assistance to improve the conditions of animals living in captive conditions including zoos and rescue centres.

The WCI Canada Foundation project will also confront any palm oil and paper and pulp companies about their illegal land clearing activities and will assist with apprehending the perpetrators of all forest crimes including the killing of orangutans. 

Thank you for supporting this important project, helping us secure the survival of Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutans!

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