InfoSAWIT, NYARU MENTENG –In its commitment to realize the campaign #OrangutanFreedom that targets to release 100 orangutans to the natural forest and 100 others to the pre-release islands in 2017, Yayasan BOS and BKSDA Central Kalimantan Province and Balai Taman NAsional Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (TNBBBR)on 9 November released some orangutans to their natural forest in the forest of TNBBBR. The release was the same with Hari Cinta PuspaandSatwa Nasional that was on 5 November.
There were 12 orangutansreleased. They were 4 males and 8 females. Two of the females were Nanga and Sukamara that the repatriations from Thailand in 2006 when Yayasan BOS got 48 orangutans from the country. From the group, Nanga and Sukamara were the second and the third released to the forest.
The twelve orangutans were taken into two separated period through the land and river for about 10 – 12 hours from Nyaru Menteng to the spots in TNBBBR. The first group had gone before 11 November 2017 while the second group went on the date. The 19th release multiplied the population of orangutans that were rehabilitated in TNBBBR. There are 71 orangutans now.
CEO Yayasan BOS, Jamartin Sihite said, it takes some time to release them. In the release, two orangutans were from the repatriation in 2006. It took 11 years for them to be released in the forest independently. Orangutan is the animal that cannot be released anytime. They needs some time to get the basic skill to survive in the forest. “It is not only about time, but also it needs some fund. As the part of conservation in the rehabilitation, it needs cooperation from every stakeholder,” he recently said in the official statement toInfoSAWIT.
He also mentioned, orangutan is one big ape living in Asia and the closest figure to human beings. As one of many kinds of animals protected by the Laws, orangutan plays important role in the forest regeneration. This makes us work hard to conserve them.
“We are proud of playing our role to return hundreds of orangutan to their habitat. But we need help from you all. Let us protect the remaining forests for orangutan for it is natural and protected for their quality of their lives,” he said.
Kepala Balai Konservasi dan Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) Central Kalimantan Province, Adib Gunawan said, the release of orangutan was one important moment for it was the same with the commemoration of Hari Cinta PuspaandSatwa Nasional (HCPSN) on 5 November 2017. 24 years ago, the government decided the day for its concern to the puspa and animals in Indonesia.
Since the day, he continued, some programs were done by the government to save, protect, and breed the puspa and animals in Indonesia, including orangutan in Kalimantan and Sumatera. In BKSDA Central Kalimantan Province, as part of Ministry of Environment and Forestry in the provincial level, we are active to follow up the latest report about orangutan by saving, rescuing, patrol, and the others to conserve, maintain the conservation.
Head of Balai Taman Nasional Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BTNBBBR) Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan, Heru Raharjo, M.P., said, since 2016, in TNBBBR, there have been 59 orangutans rehabilitated by Yayasan BOS in Nyaru Menteng. The numbers get bigger to be 71. More orangutans live freely in their natural forest, the better will be. To guarantee them living freely and safely in the forest, they do regular patrol with Yayasan BOS.
“We ensure, there will be no hunting or irresponsible person exploiting the natural resources in the region and endanger the lives of orangutan and other animals in it,” he said.(T1)