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Conservation Partners

The Rangers of Tangkahan

The Rangers of Tangkahan are a group of dedicated men who live on the border of the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) in North Sumatra, Indonesia. GLNP is the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinoceros co-exist.

This program is the first community conservation ranger program to exist in North Sumatra and will focus on 3 villages along the buffer zone region, where most recorded and reported illegal activities occur.

This program is the first model to work from a grassroot conservation based strategy, where sustainable solutions for the environment, wildlife and people can benefit. The Rangers of Tangkahan are community leaders and will engage and train others to also become a part of a wider community conservation protection unit.

Find out more about this program HERE

Stay Wild

Stay Wild is dedicated to supporting forest edge communities by providing resources to undertake new initiatives and giving villages the tools they need to provide for their families, without resorting to illegal activities. With knowledge, education and empowerment, they can also resist attempts from big companies to take advantage of their land and natural resources. Without exploiting the ecosystem around them, generations to come will have a secure future. The mission of Stay Wild is to provide a future for the Sumatran Tiger in the wild. 

Raw supports STAY WILD with the strategic direction of the community and conservation activities in Batu Katak and works closely to ensure we also support with donated goods and funds. We have developed a specialised travel itinerary where all donated support will help with this programs aims. 

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.  

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

Sumatran Dog Health Programme

This program has been develop by RAW CEO Jess McKelson to support more than 800 dogs in the communities neighbouring the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) Quarantine Station in Batu Mbelin, Tangkahan, Batu Katak and Batu Rongring in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The mission is to empower local communities to improve the health and welfare of domestic dogs in key areas of Sumatra utilising the following strategies:
- Provide free monthly clinics and veterinary care to various villages
- Educate communities on the benefit of proper health, welfare and nutrition
- Provide socialisation and awareness around the value of sterilisation
- Collaboration with other animal welfare organisations throughout Indonesia
- Decrease the consumption of dog meat in Medan through educational and welfare campaigns. 

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

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