The Orangutans’ Return Home
The population of Kalimantan orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) has plummeted by 25 percent in the last 10 years. To fight the worrying trend, the government and nonprofit institutions have initiated a reintroduction program for orangutans. Orangutans confiscated from illegal owners, as well as those in custody for having been in conflict with humans are trained for their release into the wild. The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation and the Orangutan Foundation in Central Kalimantan are among institutions involved in the initiative. BOS manages an orangutan school in Nyaru Menteng, while the Orangutan Foundation has developed a soft release program at the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Palangkaraya, the capital city of Central Kalimantan. Both foundations have released hundreds of orangutans into forests. Early this month, BOS released five orangutans that had completed training at the Samboja Lestari Rehabilitation Center in Kalimantan into the wild. Tempo English reports.
School For Orangutan
The Central Kalimantan Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has released hundreds of orangutans into the wild. A number of women were trained to work as carers and teachers for these primates.
Every morning, Letha Kristin prepares her ‘son’ for school, equipping him with toys, milk, and fruits such as a banana and pineapple. These supplies are placed in a lanjung, a traditional Dayak rattan backpack. "They’re for Fa...