Community Outreach in Tanjung Puting National Park

On the 22nd May, Orangutan Foundation field staff teamed up with Orangutan Green Teams and conservation cadets FK31 to run awareness activities with Sekonyer Village, within Tanjung Puting National Park. The primary aim of the activities was to educate and support the villagers activities to help protect the critically endangered orangutan and its threatened forest habitat.

Community outreach is a cornerstone of the Orangutan Foundation’s work in Indonesian Borneo.

©Orangutan Foundation. Children participated in activities to learn about the importance of protecting the orangutan’s forest home.

©Orangutan Foundation.

©Orangutan Foundation.

©Orangutan Foundation.

A variety of activities ensued, which included painting the village library and distributing books, as well as games for the children. The aim was to encourage members of the village to support ecotourism in the area as an alternative to habitat destruction.

©Orangutan Foundation. Signs have been put up around the village to encourage villagers to conserve the forest.

©Orangutan Foundation.

As OF Research Manager Arie reports “We need more…to keep these activities running…support the people of Sekonyer Village! We stand together…”

©Orangutan Foundation.

It is vital we reach out to local communities around areas of protected tropical forest habitat in order to ensure a future for orangutans, forests and people.

©Orangutan Foundation. Orangutan Foundation donated a number of books to the village library.

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