Local Partners


Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) is a non profit organization focused on conservation, environmental education and community development, especially those living adjacent to conservation areas. YEL seeks to protect what is left of unique Leuser Ecosystem, an UNESCO World Heritage and home to some of the most abundant and diverse plant and animal life known to science.

Jl. Bunga Sedap Malam IX No. 3, Sempakata, Kec. Medan Selayang,
Kota Medan,
Sumatera Utara 20131 – Indonesia

Phone: +62 852-6136-0245
Email: [email protected]


The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program SOCP is a joint program of the Swiss foundation PanEco and it’s partner foundation Yel, is located in Sumatra and implemented under a MoU with the Indonesian  Forestry Department. SOCP is fighting the extinction of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and for the protection of the species habitat, the tropical rainforest. Aside from Suaq, SOCP runs three more research stations on Sumatra, one quarantine and two orangutan release stations, as well as projects in the areas of lobbying, law enforcement, and sensitization.

Jl. Wahid Hasyim No. 51/74
Medan 20154
Sumatera Utara – Indonesia

Phone: +62 61 451 43 63  or +62 61 451 43 60


The Fakultas Biologi of the Universitas Nasional is a leading research institute for orangutan research in Indonesia.

Jl. Sawo Manila, Pejaten
Ps. Minggu Jakarta 12520

Phone: +62 (021) 7806700
Email: [email protected]

IPB University:

IPB University is an innovative research-based institution in the fields of agriculture, marine, and tropical biosciences based in Bogor, Indonesia.

Jl. Raya Dramaga
Kampus IPB Dramaga Bogor
16680 West Java

Phone: +62 251 8622642
Email: [email protected]

International Partners

University of Zürich:

The work of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zürich (AIM) is aimed at understanding the evolutionary origins of human morphology and behavior. With the AIM being one of the oldest Anthropological departments in Europe, Anthropology has a long tradition at the University of Zürich. When Carel van Schaik became the Director of the AIM in 2004, behavioral research on wild orangutans became one of the cornerstones of the AIM.

Department of Anthropology
University of Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 635 54 11

PanEco Foundation:

PanEco is a Swiss non-profit foundation and since 1996 actively involved in nature and species conservation and environmental education in Switzerland and Indonesia. In 1999, together with their local partner Yayasan Ekosystem Lestari (YEL), PanEco founded the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).

PanEco Foundation
Chileweg 5
8415 Berg am Irchel

Phone: +41 (0)52 354 32 32
E-Mail: [email protected]


Teamscope is a data collection app for research. Teamscope makes our research easier by allowing our global team to easily collect and manage data on the orangutans, especially when we are working in offline and remote settings.

Transistorweg 5
Nijmegen, 6534AT
the Netherlands