The Impact of the Batang Toru Dam

In the rainforests of Indonesian Sumatra, in the midst of the only remaining habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the critically endangered Tapanuli orangutan, the Chinese hydropower company Sinohydro is clearing forest to make way for the future home of the Batang Toru Dam. The Tapanuli orangutan is strictly arboreal and has never been observed to touch down to the ground. This species was discovered less than a year ago, and we must do all that we can to protect the 800 remaining individuals in the wild. The Batang Toru Dam would fragment the Tapanuli population with roads and power lines, and as even a forest clearing is a barrier to arboreal species, these orangutans would not survive such separation.

Only if we work together to stop Sinohydro can we save the Tapanuli. The Rainforest Rescue petition needs 15,619 people to reach 250,000 signatures at the time of this post.

Albert Einstein believed that “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Do not stand by and watch Sinohydro destroy the homes of some of your closest relatives. You can help save the Tapanuli orangutan.

Thank you for your devotion to the rainforest.

~Pangaea Finn
Founder, the Orangutan Gang

Sumatran rainforest destroyed for dam
This is the extent of deforestation in Tapanuli habitat as of August 9th, 2018. Retrieved from

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