February E-News

Welcome to our February e-news bringing you news of our work to conserve the critically endangered orangutan and its forest habitat.

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ORANGUTANS

Veterinary treatment and monitoring of orangutans

Orangutan Foundation’s vet, Dr Dimas Yuzrifar and our Reintroduction Manager, Pak Azhari, visit our post-release orangutan monitoring camps, in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo, on a weekly basis to check up on the orangutans. This month, they had an unexpected encounter… Read more on our blog.

Young orphaned orangutans, Nyunyu (left) and Mona (right).

Young orphaned orangutans, Nyunyu (left) and Mona (right).

FORESTS

Provision of technology training for forest protection

Collaboration with our local partners is fundamental to the success of our conservation programmes in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Orangutan Foundation were honoured to be asked to provide GPS training for the Indonesian Rapid Reaction Team of the Regional Disaster Management Agency, BPBD. In 2018, we worked closely with the Rapid Reaction Team to co-ordinate a response to tackle forest fires when helicopters were used to water bomb and prevent the spread of fires into the critical orangutan habitats of Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

Orangutan Foundation’s GIS Technician, Iqbal Tawakkal (middle, wearing white shirt) providing training for Rapid Reaction Team.

Orangutan Foundation’s GIS Technician, Iqbal Tawakkal (middle, wearing white shirt) providing training for Rapid Reaction Team.

PEOPLE

Taking action against plastic

Indonesia is the world's second largest contributor of plastics to the oceans. Plastic waste is a major environmental problem. Orangutan Foundation joined other local NGO’s on 21st February, National Waste Care Day (Hari Penduli Sampah Nasional), to highlight the issue to the Indonesian public. We are urging businesses and people to stop using plastics, especially single-use packaging, straws and shopping bags

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