Articles by: svangsgaard

Justin the orangutan on a rainforest excursion

On a rare sunny day in the Kehje Sewen forest in East Kalimantan, the monitoring team recently had the opportunity to follow one of the released orangutans at a close distance. The last few months have been quite wet in the Kehje Sewen forest in East Kalimantan, which is used […]

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Samboja Lestari: Last hope for mother and offspring

After their arrival at the Samboja Lestari rehabilitation centre in East Kalimantan, the orangutan Jubaedah and her 2-year-old offspring Jubaedi are doing well, all things considering. But the mother’s health is still far from good. 25 kg. That was all the 20-year-old orangutan Jubaedah weighed when recently she and her […]

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Meet the orangutans’ rainforest roomies

Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park is full of life and has a dynamic biodiversity. When the monitoring team, who observes the released orangutans, encounter other rare species in the protected rainforest areas, they are quick to find their cameras. Each morning, the monitoring team of Save the Orangutan’s partner […]

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Permanent ban on clearing orangutan habitat

Borneo’s nature, climate, and biodiversity may be granted some well-earned relief as the permanence of a temporary ban on clearing untouched rainforest in Indonesia is being discussed. The ban also covers areas preferred by the orangutan as habitats. A single signature. That is all that is needed now to make […]

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The mature orangutan and the road to freedom

The 24-year-old Bonbon was rescued and brought to the Nyaru Menteng rehabilitation centre almost 17 years ago. He cannot return to the rainforest due to a bad back. Instead, he can now look forward to a life in new and freer surroundings. Bonbon was 6 years old when he arrived […]

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Women from rainforest areas foster economic sustainability

A pilot project initiated 10 years ago has proved successful in creating sustainable income sources for several villages in the rainforest areas near Mawas, and the villages can now support themselves. Marie Sigvardt, Head of Programmes at Save the Orangutan, has recently returned from Borneo, bringing with her the message […]

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UN: Global wildlife face unparalleled extinction rates

On the 6th of May 2019, UN’s nature panel IPBES (The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) published the most comprehensive and well-documented report to date, investigating the impact of human utilisation and exploitation of nature around the globe. The report warns us that we are currently overseeing […]

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IUCN: The climate is crucial to orangutan protection efforts

A new report from IUCN concludes that the extensive deforestation of Borneo’s rainforests has exacerbated the global climate changes, and the orangutan is under greater pressure than previously anticipated. The report underlines the importance of taking climate changes into account in efforts to restore orangutan habitat. The report has identified […]

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Do you know if your wellies are orangutan-safe?

Natural rubber is used in various everyday products such as rubber bands, wellies, and car tyres. Despite its name, a sustainable and ‘natural’ rubber manufacture is not a given. More often than not, rubber is manufactured without any regards for nature, wildlife, or the manufacturers themselves. The inconsiderate manufacturing procedures […]

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The first six reintroductions of 2019

On the 13th of March, the first six reintroductions of 2019 were carried out in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR). The reintroductions are the results of Save the Orangutan and BOS Foundation’s efforts to reintroduce as many orangutans as possible to the rainforest, or to move them to […]

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