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Orangutans move in

OraguntanCan you spot the orangutan in this photo?

It's a little hard to see, but it's a hopeful sign for the Sumatran Orangutan Society.

The orangutan (center) was photographed on October 17 in an area reforested by the organization.

"Our team has seen orangutan nests in these trees before. This sighting shows that the restoration project is working. " said Helen Buckland, the UK director of the Society, about the first orangutan caught on camera in the area. "The trees are growing tall and strong enough for an orangutan to make nests in. The involvement of the local community means that this part of the forest is now much more secure from future encroachment too."

With fewer than 6,700 Sumatran orangutans surviving in the wild, many fear that this species will become the first great apes to suffer extinction if the current loss of habitat continues. The Sumatran Orangutan Society works with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat, helping them replant areas and create a more sustainable future for their forests.

GreaterGood.org supports this organization and reforestation projects around the world through contributions from the Gifts That Give More [tm] program and The Rainforest Site.

Photo courtesy of Helen Buckland.

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