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Conservation Partners

Sumatran Ranger Program

Our Vision

To ensure long term protection of the buffer zone and forest edge communities of the Leuser ecosystem in North Sumatra

Our Mission

To halt activities that damage the buffer zone environment and are a threat to wildlife and to assist in identifying sustainable alternative solutions for the forest edge communities living within the buffer zone of the Leuser ecosystem.

Jane Goodall Institute Australia

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGIA) of Australia is a not for profit organisation that promotes Humane Education as a solution to a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

RWE supports JGIA and Raw Africa in-situ travel programs to Africa that raise funds for their conservation programs.  

Orangutan Information Centre

OIC are a local NGO staffed by Indonesian university graduates, believing that Sumatran people are best suited to have an impact in and help save Sumatran biodiversity. 

RWE supports OIC student ecotours to their field stations in North Sumatra.  All student programs which are sold to North Sumatra, are owned and arranged with in situ agent P.T. Rimba Lestari and OIC. RWE is a selling agent of these travel programs. 

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP)

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is a unique collaborative programme of NGOs and the Indonesian government fighting for the survival of the orangutan in Sumatra. The main coordinating office is located in Medan, North Sumatra, and the programme's various activities are implemented at different locations across the island. The SOCP tackles all aspects of Sumatran orangutan conservation including:

  • Confiscation, quarantine and re-introduction of illegal pet orangutans
  • Habitat conservation and protection
  • Conservation education and awareness raising
  • Surveys and monitoring of wild orangutan populations
  • Field research into conservation and ecology of wild orangutans

Community Partners

Lembaga RELASI

Lembaga Relasi is our latest community partner where Raw Wildlife Encounters is directly working to establish eco-tourism. CEO RWE Jess McKelson, is assisting this community in North Sumatra, Indonesia, to convert from illegal damaging practices and develop sustainable livelihood solutions.
RWE is proud to partner with Lembaga Relasi to assist them with their vision to develop ecotourism model and programs in this community, which buffers the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP)

Lembaga Batu Katak

Batu Katak Lembaga has been developed with Raw Wildlife Encounters Indonesia, to assist the local community with an alternative livelihood program via ecotourism, and to prevent illegal practices in the National Park.

The Lembaga Bau Katak is the ecotourism community which delivers the community managed travel activities to this location. 
Read more about Batu Katak HERE

Lembaga Pariwisata Tangkahan (LPT)

Lembaga Pariwisata Tangkahan (The Tangkahan Tourism Foundation) is a foundation founded by the local people in both the Namo sialang and Sei serdang village, Located in Batang Serangan sub-district, Langkat district. 

The mission of the Tangkahan Tourism Foundation is to transform the area to become an ecotourism destination, which has high biological diversity and conservation value. The local people are provided with alternative income from eco-tourism activities and will also protect their backyard.

RWE supports LPT in-situ travel programs to Sumatra and arranges the travel programs from travel agent P.T. Rimba Lestari within Medan to offer clients these community owned and managed travel programs. 

Days for Girls Mt Gambier

Days For Girls (DFG) is a non-profit organisation which makes and distributes kits of washable pads to women in 3rd world countries, aiming to ensure all women everywhere have access to means of hygiene and in turn regular education. 

RAW Angels,Vicki Gabriel and Renee Pluckhanh are the Team Leaders for DFG Mt Gambier chapter, and along with founding members Chelsea Gabriel and Geraldine Pluckhahn are setting strong goals to make a difference to the lives of many girls in North Sumatra.

Find out more HERE

The Tangkahan Effect

The Tangkahan Effect (TTE)was established by RWE Leader Christie Reeves and RWE guest Natalie Townsend, along with two local guides in Tangkahan, to support various community initiatives in North Sumatra Indonesia. RWE has partnered to support their efforts towards elephant welfare. TTE is working alongside the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) elephant orphanage to provide better animal care towards this important program, rather than the elephants returning to inadequate camps in Aceh, where negligence is common.

Find our more HERE

Melako Community Conservancy

The Melako Community Conservancy was formed in 2005 at the instigation of the Rendille community. It is located about three hours drive north of Mt. Kenya and covers over 45,000 hectares of trust land. It is home to the Samburu and Rendille people, nomadic pastoralists, who use the range lands to graze their camels, goats and sheep. It is also home to unique wildlife, including the endangered Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, the Reticulated giraffe, African elephant, lion and leopard.

Melako’s Vision: To be a world-class wildlife conservancy that attracts tourism through wildlife management; provides security for its people, wildlife and environments; and enhances quality of life through sustainable use of the environment. 

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