PalmOilMagazine, NYARU MENTENG – Seven individuals of orangutan Pusat Rehabilitasi Orangutan Nyaru Menteng were released to Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBRNP) in District of Katingan, Central Kalimantan Province. The release was symbolically done from the office of Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam (BKSDA) Central Kalimantan by Director of Director of Biodiversity Conservation, General Directorate of Conservation Natural Resource and Energy on 3 June 2021.
Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Indra Exploitasia in the speech did appreciate everyone who involved in the orangutan release. Though it is still in pandemic, but the conservation keeps running by prioritizing health protocols tightly.
The government is committed to the conservation in Indonesia by making systematic conservation, such as, the life support system, species and ecosystem conservation, and advantaging the sustainable natural resource. One biodiversity conservation is by releasing animals, namely orangutan to the original habitats. The release is in long process, starting from the safe, the rehabilitation, the release, the monitoring to make sure that animals could live and develop in the habitat.
The release today is part of series of “Living in Harmony with Nature: Melestarikan Satwa Liar Milik Negara” which Minister of Environment and Forestry proposed in 2021, the commemoration of World Environment Day on every 5 June, and road to National Conservation Day on 10 August.
Meanwhile Head in duty of BKSDA Central Kalimantan, Handi Nasoka said, seven individuals of orangutan to be released consist of 4 males (Barlian 10 year old, Darryl 12 years old, Randy 14 years old, Unggang 10 Years old), and three females (Amber 16 years old, Reren 8 years old, and Suayap 22 years old).
Of the seven, 5 individuals were from the people, 1 individual from the repatriation from Thailand (Suayap), and 1 individual (Randy) was rescued from the wild life rescue team of BKSDA Central Kalimantan and Yayasan Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS). Every individual passed the rehabilitation process between 7 to 16,5 years, healthy, and also negative in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and ready to be released in their habitat.
Head of BBBRNP, Agung Nugroho said that the individuals of orangutan would be transported in a long way before they arrive in their new home in BBBRNP in Resort Tumbang Hiran, Seksi Pengelolaan Taman Nasional Wilayah II Kasongan. It would spend about 15 - 20 hours (not the break), from the land and river. After the release, there would be 2 month - intensive monitoring held by the team to make sure that they could adapt with their new homes.
Until now, BBBRNP and BKSDA Central Kalimantan in cooperation with Yayasan BOS and others released 178 orangutans since 2016 including the today release. While the total release in whole regions of BBBRNP in Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan together with other partners covered 234 individuals and the new born monitoring in the nature covered 5 individuals.
CEO Yayasan BOS, Jamartin Sihite said, in orangutan rehabilitation, his side keeps the staffs and orangutan to be free from Covid-19 in the rehabilitation center by implementing health protocols tightly. Every personal and orangutan that come and go from and to rehabilitation center has passed health test and negative from Covid-19.
The successful release has something to do with many others. Yayasan BOS and BKSDA Central Kalimantan BBBRNP thanked the Central Government Province, District of Katingan, and the people for the support and cooperation.
Yayasan BOS did appreciate the support and contribution of the global partners (BOS Australia, BOS United Kingdom, BOS Germany, BOS Swiss, and Save the Orangutan), Orangutan Outreach, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Orangutan SAFE, and other supports from the business world, such as, PT. BCA, PT. Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS) Tbk, and other conservation institutions, and personal donors from the world that supported the conservation and the release in Indonesia. (T2)