More Orangutans Rescued From Oil Palm Plantations

As oil-palm plantations encroach upon more and more orangutan habitat, this endangered great ape’s struggle to exist will only get harder. The Orangutan Foundation continues to rescue wild orangutans, many of them young (their mothers probably killed) from oil palm plantations.
Last month we rescued a young orangutan, who we named Melan, from a plantation, she had a large wound to her head, which we are still treating (find out more and watch a video clip on our blog).
A few weeks later another young wild orangutan, named Jupe, this time in good health, was rescued, given a veterinary check and then trans-located to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo.

Jupe at BKSDA office before being taken to the Wildlife Reserve

We also know of another two orangutans, who have been seen in an oil palm plantation, eating the oil-palm fruit. That the apes should resort to eating it is almost certainly a sign of a shortage of wild fruit, which in turn is a sign of loss of habitat due to encroachment by oil-palm plantations. Our rescue team will continue to search for the orangutans and hopefully move them to the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve - prime orangutan habitat, which we are safeguarding with guard posts and patrols.
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