Give the greatest gift in the world by conserving critically endangered orangutan, tiger, rhino and elephant habitat!
Devastated by the alarming rates of habitat destruction and deforestation in Sumatra, we have created this group as an effort to buy and conserve around 40 hectares of rainforest land adjacent to the Gunung Leuser ecosystem so that animals (orangutan, elephants, tigers, rhino, and thousands of other species) may migrate to and from safely. The Sanctuary will also encourage and provide job alternatives (to palm oil plantation work) to locals and will hopefully inspire further conservation and reforestation efforts.
Photo by Kristi Odom.
Individual Donation Incentives (brackets indicate amount of land conserved by your donation):
$50 & under (156.25 m²)
Receive a personal thank you from us and have your name honoured at the sanctuary.
$100 (312.5 m²)
We will plant a tree in your name. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary.
$250 (625 m²)
Plant a tree in your name in or near the sanctuary land. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary and you will receive a 5"x7" print of Sumatran wildlife from one of our resident photographers.
$500 (1250 m²)
Receive a beautiful printed book of original images by PWB Photographer Gita Defoe, Danielle Da Silva or Kristi Odom. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary.
$750 (2500 m²)
Receive a beautiful printed book of original images by PWB Photographer Gita Defoe, Danielle Da Silva or Kristi Odom AND plant a tree in your name in or near the sanctuary land. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary.
Team/Large Donation Incentives:
$5,000 (10,000 m²=equivalent of 1 football field)
Become an "Ambassador of the Sanctuary" and you are welcomed to be a featured guest for a week (airfare not included) at the sanctuary once it is complete. You also become the owner of one virtual hectare (equivalent of 1 football field) of rainforest land. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary.
$10,000 (20,000 m²=equivalent of 2 football fields)
Become a "Founder of the Sanctuary" and you are welcomed to be a featured guest for a week (airfare included) at the sanctuary once it is complete. You also become the owner of 2 virtual hectares (equivalent of 2 football fields) of rainforest land. Your name will also be honoured at the sanctuary.
***For donations of $1,000 or more, your name/organization name (if provided) will be added to a plaque that will be displayed publicly at the sanctuary.***
Why the need for a sanctuary/conservation lands?:
There is only one place in the world where you will find orangutans in the wild--and that is Indonesia, on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Sumatran rainforests (orangutan and primate habitat) are being bulldozed at an alarming rate for palm oil plantations and agriculture, threatening wild populations of Sumatran orangutan and other endangered species such as Sumatran tiger and rhino. This not only affects wildlife--it also affects people living in small villages who rely on natural water sources for sustenance. Palm plantations require so much water that they are sucking natural water aquifers dry and in some cases, it is becoming more and more necessary for small villages to order bottled water to survive.
Without your help, these lands will likely fall into the hands of palm oil plantations and other developments.
To create a palm oil plantation, the forest is chopped down and animals (such as orangutan, Tigers, elephants, and rhino) that remain or defend their territory are killed, captured or driven away. Palm plants suck up tons of water from the ground, which in turn affects people, who need water for drinking, cooking and bathing. It's not as easy as "saying no to palm oil"--not only is palm oil in countless products (often disguised in labelling as "vegetable oil"), we need to conserve and palm plantation workers need job alternatives. Conservation provides all kinds of opportunities.
The Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary will provide a natural environment and an opportunity for those orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhino and other species safe corridors to pass from one area to the next. Conserving lands is the most important gift we can bestow upon future generations.
The goal of this fundraiser:
We will raise $100,000 USD to purchase around 30-40 hectares/ 3-400,000 m²(equivalent of 30-40 football fields) of rainforest land that will be conserved as a sanctuary for wildlife and natural resources.
More about us: www.sumatranwildlifesanctuary.org
Photo by Danielle Da Silva.