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!