The donation made by the Chubb Charitable Foundation will help to extend a wildlife corridor of 2,472 acres in the Leuser Ecosystem, which is situated in Sumatra. The forest is home to many endangered species, including orangutans and Sumatran elephants and tigers.
- There are thought to be as few as 7500 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild. They are listed as critically endangered.
- The Sumatran tiger is also critically endangered, with numbers at around 400 in the wild.
- It is estimated that only 2400 Sumatran elephants remain in fragmented ranges across the island.
This particular stretch of rainforest is also important as a carbon dioxide ‘sink’, and stores the equivalent of 3 million driven miles of average vehicle emissions.
On their website, The Rainforest Trust explains that the Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on earth where orangutans, tigers and elephants co-exist in the wild, and the corridor will enable wildlife to migrate more freely.