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Three baby orangutans find sanctuary at Nyaru Menteng

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  • Michelle Desilets
    Three baby orangutans find sanctuary at Nyaru Menteng Nyaru Menteng - Borneo Orangutan Survival’s rescue and rehabilitation centre in Indonesian Borneo - has
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 23, 2008
      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
      "Primates Helping Primates"

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