The Leuser Ecosystem is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest, single continuous areas of tropical rainforest left in the whole of Southeast Asia.
It is also the last place on earth where elephants, orangutans, rhinos and tigers roam in the same forest.
He is now the Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) whose amazing work covers all aspects of orangutan conservation; this includes rescue and rehabilitation of illegally held pets; many of which have been beaten, abused and kept in cages their whole lives.
The World Bank estimated that the fires cost Indonesia more than $16 billion, double the value of 2014’s gross palm oil exports of $8 billion.
The Illegal palm oil plantations and the fires they cause don’t just wreak economic havoc, they also bring iconic species such as the orangutan and the tiger to the brink of extinction.