The Human-Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) was created in 2010 with UNESCO funding. As a project, HOCRU was created to address Human- Orangutans conflict in agricultural landscape in Northern Sumatra (Aceh and North Sumatra provinces). As a team unit, HOCRU is a direct response to the threats and their consequences to orangutans such as tackling the poaching, conflicts and illegal trade causes while at the same time limiting the consequences of habitat loss endangering orangutan’s populations. The project is in line with the Orangutan conservation action plan 2018-2027, recently agreed by the Indonesian government after consultation of relevant stakeholders. From 2010 to 2012, HOCRU focused on surveying, awareness of authorities and local communities, and coordinating with other NGOs which are working for the same cause.From 2012 onward, HOCRU moved to awareness, translocations, confiscations, evacuations and coordination with local authorities.
HOCRU team is working in North Sumatra and Aceh, currently has two professional Indonesian Vets and six dedicated field staffs. Below is the map of location of rescue which span through the year of 2012 to 2017, both in North Sumatra as well as Aceh.