Three baby orangutans find sanctuary at Nyaru Menteng
- Three baby orangutans find sanctuary at Nyaru Menteng
Nyaru Menteng - Borneo Orangutan Survival’s rescue and rehabilitation centre
in Indonesian Borneo - has recently welcomed the arrival of three young
orangutans from West Kalimantan. All three (aged between 2 - 3 years) were
confiscated from private households - victims of palm oil development and
logging. Nyaru Menteng, founded by Lone Droscher-Nielsen, is home to 670
orangutans, ranging in age from a few months to about 8 years, where they are
cared for and rehabilitated to prepare them for their ultimate release into the
In February this year, the Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of
the Forestry Department in Indonesia, confiscated Frengky - one of the
orangutans - from the area of Singkawang, on the north coast of West
Within two months, another young orangutan, Thomas, was rescued from
Sintang, also in the northern part of West Kalimantan province. They were
temporarily homed in transit cages in Pontianak, waiting for an opportunity to
be transferred to a rehabilitation centre.
It wasn’t long before a third orangutan, Caleb, was confiscated - this time
in Ketapang, a small town in the southern part of the province, abut seven
hours’ journey by boat from Pontianak city. He was placed in the Yayasan
Palung’s transit centre in Ketapang to await transfer to a rehabilitation
No such facilities exist in West Kalimantan, and all the other orangutan
rehabilitation centers in Central and East Kalimantan were all full at the
time. In May, however, the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), which assists
the BKSDA in caring for captive orangutans in West Kalimantan, heard that Nyaru
Menteng would be able to accommodate these youngsters at the end of the month.
Nyaru Menteng is located in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province.
There is no road link between this area and West Kalimantan - nor is there a
direct air link - so the orangutans would have to be flown via Jakarta. In the
space of a day, COP had made arrangements with Sriwijaya Air and cargo to
transport the orangutans to Palangka Raya, and also to transfer Caleb from
Ketapang. He joined Frengky and Thomas in BKSDA’s transit cages in Pontianak
that night, to await the journey to Palangka Raya the following morning.
At 7.00 am the three orangutans were at the airport, ready for loading. The
plane left at 8.15 am and arrived in Jakarta at about 10.00 am. After a 30
minute wait for the next plane, the orangutans arrived in Palangka Raya at
about 12 noon.
All of three orangutans had travelled well and were fine. Thomas looked a
little nervous, but when all three were finally put together in a big cage,
they were so happy. Within minutes they were playing, hanging, biting each
other - and eating!
Thanks to Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, BOS-UK and
Orangutan Appeal UK for making this transfer possible
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is the largest primate rescue
project in the world, with nearly 1000 orangutans in its care. It is the only organisation
actively rescuing both wild and captive orangutans which have been displaced by
the relentless devastation of their rainforest habitat for logging and the
production of palm oil. The ultimate goal of BOSF is the release of healthy and
rehabilitated orangutans back into protected forest. Borneo Orangutan Survival
International is a registered international charity committed to the protection
of the orangutan and its rainforest habitat, and relies entirely on donations
to achieve this.
Report by Yenny Fildayani - COP/Centre for Orangutan Protection - June 2008
Full story with images at: http://www.savetheorangutan.co.uk/
Michelle Desilets, Director
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
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