Young orangutan rescued from captivity


A one and a half year old female orangutan was saved from captivity in an oil palm plantation in the first week of February. She was rescued by Save the Orangutan’s Indonesian partner (BOSF) and is unfortunately a typical example of the work that Nyaru Menteng’s rescue team carry out on a weekly basis.

A thorough medical check made after the rescue showed that the orangutan probably had been kept in captivity for up to half a year at an oil palm plantation where it has been chained to a door. The orangutan’s mother had most likely been killed during the capture of the young orangutan.

“Unfortunately we often see that orangutans are captured and kept as pets, even though it seriously damage the captured orangutan” explains Save the Orangutan’s Director Claus Staunstrup Nilsson.

She was clutching the veterinary

The world’s largest rehabilitation centre for orangutans Nyaru Menteng – financed mostly by Save the Orangutan and managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation – has a rescue team that saves orangutans in danger.

A local resident informed the rescue team about the captured orangutan, which immediately left to save it. When they arrived to the oil palm plantation they found the young orangutan malnourished and bruised, chained to a shed filled with chemicals. When the rescue team had removed the chains, the orangutan would not let go off the veterinary and it kept holding on to him for several hours.

“An orangutan-baby is very dependent on its mother for up to eight years. We therefore give them a lot of love and care at Nyaru Menteng, until they one day are ready to return to back to their home – Borneo’s rainforest” explains Claus Staunstrup Nilsson.

The young orangutan is now improving fast in the hands of Nyaru Menteng’s nurturing staff and she has been named Kejora. She will soon live together with the other 500 orangutans at Nyaru Menteng and begin her journey towards being released into the wild forest.

Our consumption is hurting the endangered orangutan

Up to 80 per cent of the orangutan's habitat – Borneo’s rainforest – has been destroyed over the last 20 years. Between 2000 and 2013, a primary rainforest area the size of half of England was deforested. The main source for this deforestation is oil palm plantations, which make the palm oil used in half of all the goods on the supermarket’s shelves.

Borneo’s orangutan is on IUCN’s list of endangered species and around 80-90 percent of the orangutan population has disappeared during the last 100 years.

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