Victim of Ignorance

One role of the Foundation is to rescue orangutans from oil palm, villages and community land. Recently the team in Pangkalan Bun received a report of an orangutan found on local farmland. As the team, along with staff from Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), drove to the location, they received news that the orangutan was in fact dead.

This was one of an increasing number of reports the Foundation receives of conflict between orangutans and humans, as more permits for plantations are granted and the importance of the forest for people and wildlife is overlooked.

The Foundation’s rescue team works to translocate orangutans into a protected area. This is complemented by programmes to raise awareness. We educate the oil-palm companies, helping their staff understand about orangutans and explaining what to do if they see one on company land. We want stories such as this to be a thing of the past.

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