June E-News

Two rescued orangutans returned to the wild

Shifa is now living free in the protected Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

Shifa is now living free in the protected Lamandau Wildlife Reserve

Two critically endangered orangutans are now back in the wild, where they belong, thanks to the dedicated work of the Orangutan Foundation’s team and the Natural Resources Conservancy Agency of Central Kalimantan (BKSDA). Watch video of Shifa’s release.

Ashley Leiman OBE, Orangutan Foundation Founder and Director/Trustee, was present for the two releases and was encouraged to see how readily both orangutans clambered up into the trees to begin their new life.

As soon as the transport cage door opened Shifa shot straight out and climbed up the nearest tree.

As soon as the transport cage door opened Shifa shot straight out and climbed up the nearest tree.

Both orangutans were wild born but tragically ended up orphaned. Shifa was rescued from being kept as a pet in September 2016, when she was only 2-years-old. Panglima, was rescued at the end of March 2019, from community forest, he is thought to be about 5-years-old but showed extremely wild behaviour . Read full story here.

5-year-old orangutan, Panglima, released into the reserve.

5-year-old orangutan, Panglima, released into the reserve.

Shifa was taken to the 158,000-acre protected Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. She lived at Camp Buluh, one of five post-release monitoring sites in the reserve, which she shared with Okto, another orphaned orangutan. The two young orangutans were great playmates and Okto helped Shifa to adjust to her new life.

Okto (right) and Shifa (left) in 2017

Okto (right) and Shifa (left) in 2017

Shifa and Panglima have had to overcome massive hurdles early on in their life. Our challenge now is to ensure the rest of their life is spent in the wild. We are doing this by safeguarding their globally important forest habitat in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Orangutan Foundation actively monitor the reserve with a network of guard posts and regular patrolling to prevent illegal activities from destroying the forests and harming wildlife.

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.