Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) is a Medan based NGO, aims to conserve and protect orangutans and their forest homes in Sumatera. We work with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat, in and around the Leuser and Batang Toru Ecosystems, the last stronghold of orangutan population in Sumatra and among the most important tropical forest remaining in Asia. The Leuser Ecosystem is a globally important, high priority landscape for conservation and it is also the only and last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild. The Batang Toru Ecosystem is a mountainous tract of rainforest in the province of North Sumatra. The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), discovered in 2017 as a new species of orangutan, is wholly confined to the Batang Toru Ecosystem. With an estimated population of fewer than 800, the Tapanuli orangutan is listed as Critically Endangered. Occupying about 1420 square kilometres, the Batang Toru Ecosystem is habitat for many other rare and threatened species, including other threatened primates, the Sumatran tiger, other cat species, pangolins, tapirs and sun bears.
Firstly established in 2001 by Panut Hadisiswoyo as the information centre for orangutan only, gradually OIC has expanded the work and developed various projects dedicated to the protection of forest and wildlife conservation, helping community in providing alternative source of livelihood by introducing sustainable agricultural practice. Our staffs are coming from various professional backgrounds, skillful, and share the same passion and commitment to the idea of conservation. We also believe that local people are best suited to have an impact in and help Sumatran forest and biodiversity. Protect the orangutan, wildlife, the forest, and the community are our ways to protect the planet.