Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari – Orangutan Information Centre (YOSL-OIC) is dedicated to the conservation of the endemic, critically endangered Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) and their forest homes. We are a local NGO staffed by Indonesian university graduates, believing that Sumatran people are best suited to have an impact in and help save Sumatran biodiversity. In order to succeed our conservation efforts, we must work with local people towards the preservation and regrowth of rainforest habitat and promote orangutans as global conservation ambassadors for the rainforest ecosystem.
OIC was founded in 2001 by Panut Hadisiswoyo with the assistance of the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and they have worked closely with us ever since. As our partner organisation, SOS continues to support us in programme development, fundraising, delivery and monitoring.
Our focus is working in the front line to save the lives of Sumatran orangutan from life-threatening situation and sustain their survival by working with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat. Together with local communities, we have planted more than one million trees to restore degraded orangutan habitat in Gunung Leuser National Park, part of the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, we are working on the ground to address the problem of human conflicts with the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) in agricultural landscapes adjacent to the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP).
In addition, we visits schools and villages, and provides training to help local people work towards a more sustainable future and at same time raise public awareness of threats to and conservation strategies for the Sumatran orangutan through community education and global communication. We collaborate with other local and international NGOs and businesses working towards parallel goals.