Connecting Australians with the Sumatran Rainforest

Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the rainforest defenders of the Orangutan Information Centre. Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director and award-winning environmentalist, and Nayla Azmi, Communications Officer, will share their incredible work in a special interactive event on Sunday the 18th of August.


Rescuing Orangutans and Saving Rainforests Tour

Learn how the Orangutan Information Center, an incredible Indonesian NGO is making a huge difference in northern Sumatra through their conservation and community development work in and around the Leuser Ecosystem, one of our most biodiverse ecosystems. The Leuser Ecosystem is also known as ‘The Last Place on Earth’, as it’s the only remaining place where Sumatran Orangutans, Elephants, Tigers, Rhinos and Sun Bears still share the same habitat.

Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.

Panut and Nayla will explain how their organisation reclaims and restores rainforest, and will share how they rescue orangutans, tackle wildlife crime, and work with local communities to transform their environment and their economy. Most important of all, they will engage and empower Australians with the knowledge and means to become rainforest defenders in their own right.

Join us to hear how one Indonesian NGO is transforming the land in northern Sumatra. Through their work, they are helping local farmers to stop logging the precious Leuser ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to hear from award-winning conservationist, Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre and Nayla Azmi, OIC Communications Officer.

Panut and Nayla will share stories about the permaculture centres they are ‘seeding’ across northern Sumatra. Their first centre, GAYO Permaculture Centre, nestled on the edge of the Leuser ecosystem, has already taught permaculture principles to hundreds of community members and school children. Learn how they are using permaculture to regenerate the land, transform community reliance on monoculture, and demonstrate there is a vibrant alternative to destructive slash-and-burn farming.

Date:           Sunday the 18th of August 2019

Venue:        Byron Community College, on the corner of Gordon and Burringhar Streets in Mullumbimby

Afternoon:  3.30 pm to 5 pm. For families and children with a free Gamelan Workshop. 

  • Entry by donation. Every $1 donated will plant a tree for wild Orangutans 
  • Gamelan workshop & performance
  • Stories of the rainforest with Panut and Naufal Rizky Hadisiswoyo (13-year-old son)
  • Keepers of the Forest film
  • Indonesian food stall from 3.30 pm to 8 pm

Evening:     5 pm - Palm Oil v Rainforest Community Event

                      Tickets are $15. Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.


Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founder of the Orangutan Information Center

  • Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founder and Director of the Orangutan Information Centre will present share stories about the work, vision and history of OIC and share videos of their work Nayla Azmi, Communications Officer of OIC will share stories about her experience and her journey with OIC
  • Panut’s 13-year-old son will share a story about his experience and what it means to people of his generation
  • Paul Daley will present an opportunity for you to travel to Sumatra in February 2020

The Orangutan Information Center has planted over 1.7 million trees.

We invite you to take part in this unique opportunity to hear inspiring stories about the battle to save the Orangutan

Panut Hadisiswoyo is the award-winning Founder of the Orangutan Information Centre. He is in demand internationally to talk about his organisation’s exciting work of rescuing orangutans and regenerating rainforests. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear one of our partners share how the funds we raise are used in crucial orangutan and habitat conservation in Indonesia.

We are welcoming two inspiring environmental leaders who live and work in Sumatra, rescuing orangutans, regenerating rainforests, and empowering communities to transition away from monoculture, one of the main causes of deforestation.

You will be inspired by the passion and knowledge brought by Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founder of the Orangutan Information Centre, and Nayla Azmi, Communications Officer, who works with school students, training them to become guardians of the rainforest. The presentation will feature videos of dramatic orangutan rescues, photos of inspiring before-and-after rainforest regeneration, and storytelling from the forest.

Panut is a recipient of a number of awards that recognise his pioneering conservation work, including the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, the UK’s Whitley Award, and the Ashoka Fellowship Award. Panut is also the Indonesian Director for LUSH UK, overseeing sustainable product sourcing and forest restoration works.

Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.

Further Information about the Orangutan Information Centre

The Orangutan Information Centre works to rescue orangutans, rehabilitate the forests, tackle wildlife crime, and educate schools and community groups to raise awareness of the threats facing orangutans.

The Orangutan Information Centre achievements since 2012

  • Rescued and relocated more than 160 orangutans
  • Restored 2000 hectares of rainforest
  • Taken at least 37 wildlife crime cases to the authorities
  • Provided 1,130 training sessions to communities
  • Provided Orangutan Caring scholarships to more than 120 University students
  • It’s not every year your students will have the chance to hear directly from conservation experts who are current and future leaders. We are very excited to share this opportunity with you.

Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.

Further Information about Our Visitors

  • Panut Hadisiswoyo: The award-winning Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre will show videos of orangutan rescues and will discuss his journey to developing the Orangutan Information Centre. Panut is a UK Whitley award winner, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a Chevening Changemaker.
  • Nayla Azmi: Communications Officer for the Orangutan Information Centre, Nayla has extensive experience teaching students from Sumatra, Britain and Canada about orangutans and their habitat. Nayla is a thought-provoking teacher who will inspire students with her stories and her passion for orangutans and conservation.
  • Nauful Hadisiswoyo: Panut’s son is an award-winning storyteller in Sumatra, and he will share stories with your students.

Award-winning rainforest conservationist Panut Hadisiswoyo with Sir David Attenborough

Join us for a special fundraising event and hear from Founder of OIC, Panut Hadisiswoyo. This night will change the way you see environmental work, as you hear from these groups, who are together tackling deforestation and extinction from all sides. You will be treated to an exclusive viewing of the award-winning film, Keepers of the Forest, and take part in a Q&A session.

Book now and go in the running for the special door prize.

If you are unable to attend please make a tax-deductible donation to support this important project. 

This tour is supported by our friends and project partners at:

The Australia Indonesia Arts Alliance, Byron Multicultural and The Orangutan Project.


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