About Us

SCORPION Foundation Indonesia also known as SCORPION – The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group is a non-governmental organization officially registered at the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights on 3rd of August 2015 (Reg #AHU-0010503.AH.01.04.2015) as a foundation.  Since then, it has become a very active NGO group tackling the rampant illegal wildlife trade currently plaguing our country.


Protection of wildlife for future generations through increased awareness and improved animal welfare.


SCORPION will assist the Indonesian government in the prevention of the extinction of species in the following ways: monitoring the trade of protected and endangered species investigating poaching and illegal wildlife petting; supporting law enforcement efforts in eradication of wildlife crimes.

SCORPION will continue with, and expand upon our work to raise the welfare standards of Indonesian zoos. This includes the acceptance and introduction of the Five Freedoms for Captive Wildlife as follows:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by providing ready access to fresh water and a nutritious diet to maintain full health and vigour.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing appropriate environments including shelter and comfortable resting areas.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own species.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring provision of conditions and treatment which avoid and alleviate mental suffering.

SCORPION Foundation is currently partnering with two government agencies including Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) Authority, and The Wildlife Authority (BBKSDA) in North Sumatra.

In 2017 the Scorpion Foundation was awarded as “Outstanding Performance for an Emerging Organisation” at the convention of Asia for Animals Coalition in Kathmandu, Nepal. https://www.animalsasia.org/us/media/news/news-archive/animals-asias-indonesian-partner-wins-prestigious-award-for-uncovering-animal-abuse.html

ASAP Species That We Work On

What We Do

We conduct investigations into the wildlife trade on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. Our work takes us all over Sumatra, Java, and Bali. Our aim is to extend it much wider.

We reguarly carry out awareness, outreach, and joint patrol with forestry police.

Since 2017, we established a working unit called Tapanuli Orangutan Protection Unit (TPU) to focus on Tapanuli orangutan protection.

In addition, we also monitor captive wildlife in zoos, safari parks, and private homes.

Where We Work


Contact Details

Jl. Menteng Indah, Kota Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

Web & Social Media

Photo Credits

SCORPION Foundation Indonesia