The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Trust

Orangutan Tropical Peatland Trust: Saving Primates

Our primate projects have been running since 2003 (orang-utans), 2005 (gibbons) and 2009 (red langurs). Our data on these primates are one of the longest in the world and has provided invaluable insights on the ecology of these animals to help us understand them more, thus to protect them better.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 November 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 November 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1142870)




  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




All 3 primate species are threatened and facing an uncertain future in the wild. We work to understand the complex relationship between the primates and the forest including feeding ecology and rang size. To protected and conserve these charismatic primates for the future we must understand their behaviour and ecology and how they use the forest. We must also understand how human activities are impacting on the forest and how best to prevent this. We need £150,000 per year to fund this work.


We monitor the distribution, population status, behaviour and ecology of the forest's flagship ape and primate species, carry out biodiversity and forestry research, and work with local partners to implement conservation solutions. We actively work to combat the human actions which are threatening the forest e.g. supporting the local patrol team, the local fire fighting team and building dams to block canals which are draining the peat forest. We provide training and advice to Indonesian groups.