The Big Give - THANK YOU
Orangutan Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) sending a thank you message from Borneo to all who donated during the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016.
A thank you message from Ashley Leiman OBE, Director/Trustee of the Orangutan Foundation, recorded by Guard Post 25, Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo.
Second Chance For Blind Orangutan
A blind Bornean orangutan, who was rescued from an oil-palm plantation, may have her sight restored and live in the wild again. The Orangutan Foundation have been caring for the orangutan, named Aan, since 2012 when she was found with 104 air rifle pellets in her, 37 lodged in her head. A three-hour operation removed 32 of the pellets but she was left blind which meant she couldn’t be returned to the wild.
An ophthalmic surgeon, Claudia Hartley, visited Aan to assess the permanence of her blindness. On examination, the ophthalmologist discovered there is a very high chance of restoring sight to one of Aan’s eyes. Claudia Hartley will return to Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, with colleagues and specialist equipment in February 2017. They will operate to remove a cataract and, if successful, Aan will be returned to the wild, despite still being blind in one eye.