Saving Leuser

Saving the Leuser Ecosystem


The Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh, Sumatra is the last place on earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants co-exist. Sadly it is under threat by the proposed Aceh spatial plan which fails to acknowledge the very existence of these vast and ancient protected forests.  Wildlife Asia supports local NGOs,  to provide immediate protection to wildlife populations and to maintain pressure on the decision-makers and keep the plan from passing quietly into effect.   For now, the spatial plan stands at a political standoff, but local NGOs refuse to sit back and are beginning to file legals cases against the plan.

 Wildlife Asia provides funding support to our local partner, Forest Nature and Environment Aceh (HAkA),who through sheer determination, also managed some major milestones in the field last year despite the fraught political situation. For example, after the groundbreaking Tripa campaign, January 2014 saw the historic legal ruling against palm oil company PT Kallista Alam who were fined almost USD $30 million for the environmental damage they inflicted on Tripa peat swamps – also known as the “orangutan capital of the world”. With your support the team were also able to fund more boots-on-the-ground anti-poaching patrols. These rangers continue to combat poaching of Critically Endangered species like the Sumatran rhino who’s last hope of survival is the Leuser Ecosystem. Investigating habitat disturbance, working with local communities, and facilitating law enforcement across the most critical habitats in the Leuser Ecosystem are also core activities

2017 brings many new challenges but we are excited to bring the Leuser Ecosystem to the global stage in collaboration with many local and international partners.  


Thank you for your continued help in safeguarding the Leuser Ecosystem! We hope that you will  support our current Wildlife Asia Leuser Appeal to ensure the ongoing protection of this critical area.

Please help us continue the battle on the front line to both protect the forest home of critically endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan and Sumatran rhino, and fight through legal channels in order to stop this plan from going ahead. There is currently a poaching crisis in this region and we need urgent support to increase ranger patrol teams on the ground.

There is no tomorrow for the Leuser Ecosystem if we don’t act TODAY.

For WA to reach our target of $250,000 we desperately need your help. Every donation helps us get that little bit closer to securing a future for these amazing animals. Ongoing regular donations help us to keep rangers in the field, providing job security for these inspirational frontline wildlife warriors.

Remember that Australian donations over $2 are TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Wildlife Asia is solely supported by public contributions. Your involvement is critical to our work to preserve the forests and wildlife in South East Asia. Thank you for being a part of this important mission!

For a comprehensive summary of the current situation you can view the following webinar with Ian Singleton from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.

If you would like to become a major sponsor of this project please contact Clare Campbell, Director at or +61 438992325

Coming soon!


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    17/Mar/2018 11:48
  • Some rare good news from The Last Place on Earth 👍🐯🐘🦏🌳 Governor of Aceh, Irwandi Yus
    15/Mar/2018 06:24
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    04/Mar/2018 02:26
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    03/Mar/2018 05:11
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    03/Mar/2018 04:22
  • Great little video from Save the Rhino International This message applies to so many species. For S
    15/Feb/2018 01:05
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    08/Feb/2018 08:24
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    06/Feb/2018 09:10
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    02/Feb/2018 05:58
  • How great is this little dude!!! Finn is at it again, helping rhinos AND people! He’s teamed up wi
    10/Jan/2018 09:42
  • Just look at these tiger cubs! Great footage and promising to see breeding in Leuser 👍
    04/Jan/2018 13:32
  • Remembering with fondness the magnificent Hsing Hsing who passed away over the weekend. For all of
    18/Dec/2017 08:04
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    11/Dec/2017 07:37
  • Good stuff @instagram! This is what you get if you search for tiger selfie images. It’s about time
    05/Dec/2017 02:21
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    30/Nov/2017 09:14
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  • The Aceh Citizen Lawsuit Movement (GeRAM) held a press conference on Tuesday in Jakarta. The press c
    29/Nov/2017 01:08
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    27/Nov/2017 05:53
  • The team is preparing to head out into the Leuser Ecosystem in the next week to track and collar two
    15/Nov/2017 03:52
  • Slightly delayed post after flying back straight into Art Auction mayhem.........but just had an awe
    10/Nov/2017 07:18
  • Well, that's another one down! Can't say a big enough thank you to all the incredible artists who do
    10/Nov/2017 04:49
  • The fabulous @artgypsea in action live painting at @ROAR Arts Event! #artforwildlife #startwith1thi
    09/Nov/2017 11:11
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    09/Nov/2017 10:04


  • Wildlife Asia - Please help us to win 20k to help save Sumatran rhinos. Last chance to vote for us!Tue Jul 25 03:03:30 +0000 2017
  • Exciting job opportunity just posted!!! Come and join us on the Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative May 16 07:54:59 +0000 2017
  • The Karen people have big plans to ensure their natural resources are sustainably managed. Find out how! May 11 04:10:08 +0000 2017
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  • No matter where you live, we depend on the Leuser Ecosystem. Join the #LoveTheLeuser movement.… Apr 14 10:20:14 +0000 2017
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  • The Leuser Ecosystem is a land of rare beauty. Help protect this ecosystem: #LoveTheLeuser Apr 10 23:30:29 +0000 2017
  • Sumatran orangutans #LoveTheLeuser! Join the movement to protect this amazing place. Apr 09 23:30:30 +0000 2017
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  • There are few places that vibrate w/ the power of nature like the Leuser Ecosystem: #LoveTheLeuserThu Apr 06 06:30:33 +0000 2017
  • Graphic artist @EarthHeiress tells the story of the Leuser Ecosystem. #LoveTheLeuser Apr 05 01:25:07 +0000 2017
  • Join the #LoveTheLeuser movement to protect clean drinking water for millions: Apr 04 02:05:19 +0000 2017
  • #LoveTheLeuser Ecosystem? Let’s get the world excited to protect this amazing place: Apr 02 21:05:08 +0000 2017
  • Millions of Acehnese & North Sumatran people #LoveTheLeuser! Find out why: #WaterIsLife Apr 02 01:05:09 +0000 2017


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