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Morning rain falls in Aceh Bara Daya on the western edge of Sumatra, Indonesia, just outside the six million acre Leuser Ecosystem. It’s home to an estimated 14,000 Sumatran orangutans – down from over 230,000 less than a century ago – numbers that put the red-haired great ape, whose name means “person of the forest” in the Malay and Indonesian languages, on the critically endangered list.
Leuser is also home to Sumatran elephants, tigers and rhinos – all iconic and critically endangered. Their survival is inextricably linked to the health of this vital ecosystem.
On the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, spread across the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh, lies the Leuser Ecosystem. Six times the size of Yosemite National Park, Leuser covers 6.5 million acres of some of the richest and most bio-diverse forest found anywhere on Earth. Rugged mountains cloaked in clouds reach into the heavens, while raging rivers snake down from the sky through deep valleys, flowing into rich lowland jungles, muddy peat swamps and out to sea.
A unique cadre of local characters – all with their own drives, passions and obsessions that led them to this remote and ancient land – gives us hope that Leuser can be saved.