May E-News

ORANGUTANS

The young orangutans in our soft-release programme are going from strength to strength.

Mona and Adib are the best of playmates, they like to play-fight and swing around in the trees. Mona (on the right) is always the first to instigate the game, approaching Adib (left) and then the fun begins! Our staff take all of the young orphaned orangutans into the forest each day to play and learn the skills needed to survive in the wild.

Adib (left) and Mona (right)

Adib (left) and Mona (right)

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Update on rescued orangutan

When Panglima was first rescued he wouldn’t use the tyre swing or browse in his enclosure - the team looking after him felt sure he would but it would take time. They were right!

FORESTS

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PEOPLE

Read our latest blog post to find out what’s been going on at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station, Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesian Borneo.

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April E-News

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Orangutan Foundation’s Habitat Protection Programme focuses on two extensive conservation areas, Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. These areas combined total over half a million acres of prime habitat supporting close to 5,000 orangutans.

The tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra provide far more than a home for orangutans. They are one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, providing livelihoods for local people and playing a vital role in mitigating climate change. On average, one acre of tropical forest in Indonesia stores 326 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2e), the amount generated by about 69 passenger vehicles being driven for one year.

For all these reasons, we must ensure tropical forests stay standing. For approximately £2 an acre, per year, we can continue our vital work to protect these forests. (Image: Orangutan Foundation Guard post)

Orangutan Foundation Guard Post

Orangutan Foundation Guard Post


SEE ORANGUTANS IN THE WILD

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Indonesian Borneo Group tour - Orangutan Conservation

Join Ashley Leiman OBE, Founder & Director/Trustee of Orangutan Foundation, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to the tropical forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo & see the critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the wild. Meet the people working to save the orangutan and its forest habitat.

7 June 2020 - Click to find out more.

March E-News

ORANGUTANS

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Yesterday, we rescued a young orangutan from a community orchard. The Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) team was comprised of the Central Kalimantan Wildlife Department (BKSDA II) and Orangutan Foundation. The team searched for the orangutan and once located the orangutan was safely tranquillised and examined by our vet, Dr Dimas Yufrizar, who took blood samples for laboratory tests and gave injections of multivitamins. Read more on our blog.

Image: Vet examining Paddington’s teeth.

Image: Vet examining Paddington’s teeth.

Paddington back in the wild, where he belongs

When we rescued Paddington, a Bornean sun bear, from being kept as a pet, he was thin and his canine teeth were missing. Orangutan Foundation staff at Camp Gemini, in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, looked after him, giving him fruit and weathered logs, with termites in.

After 18 months, Paddington’s canines came through and last week he was released back into the forest, where he belongs!


FORESTS

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Outbreaks of fire contained

A few days ago, Orangutan Foundation guard post staff responded quickly to extinguish fires inside Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. We work closely with local government agencies to prevent further fires occurring.

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Last week, Orangutan Foundation Founder & Director/Trustee, Ashley Leiman OBE, returned from Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, where she welcomed our new Indonesian Program Manager, Hendra Gunawan. In an action-pack schedule they visited all ten of Orangutan Foundation’s guard posts, five orangutan post-release monitoring camps and Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station.


PEOPLE

Inspiring young future conservationists

Connecting people with nature and teaching about its importance is crucial to the future survival of orangutans, forests and people.

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On 23-24th March, Orangutan Foundation and Tanjung Puting National Park welcomed a field trip from the local high school, SMAN 1 Pangkalan Bun. The students visited Tanjung Harapan Information Center (image above), a Medicinal Plant Demonstration Plot, Camp Leakey and stayed over night at Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station. We hope their experience will lead to many becoming stewards of Borneo's nature!