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[PRESS RELEASE] BOS Foundation Farewells 2017 with Orangutan Release from Nyaru Menteng

The BOS Foundation, in collaboration with the Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KKH-KLHK) is releasing eight orangutans from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in Central Kalimantan.

This release is supported by a helicopter provided by the Directorate of Forest and Land Fire Control of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (PKHL-KLHK).

Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, December 14, 2017: To close the year, the BOS Foundation, winner of the 2017 World Branding Award Animalis Edition, in collaboration with the Directorate of KKH-KLHK releases eight more orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in Murung Raya District. Prior today, the BOS Foundation has released 167 rehabilitated orangutans to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest since 2012.

This release includes seven male orangutans, and only one female – Karen – with an age range of between 16-26 years. More adult males were chosen for this release to raise the number of mature males in the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest. An adult male orangutan can cover more than 3,000 hectares of forest over a lifetime, and the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest is currently able to accommodate the huge cruising range of more males.

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO said; “This time, we had another opportunity to release more adult orangutans, to give them the opportunity to live free in the wild. Some of them have been waiting in the rehabilitation complex for far too long, due to a lack of suitable forest areas for release. Today, thanks to cooperation with the local and central governments, we are finally able to give these orangutans a chance to live freely in the forest. I would like to express my appreciation for the support of a helicopter provided by the Directorate of Forest and Land Fire Control (PKHL) from the Ministry of Environmental and Forestry (KLHK). Dispatching orangutans to the release points located deep in Batikap, which takes three days of travel over land and by river, would be very challenging without this assistance. By using a helicopter, the total travel time is greatly reduced to just a matter of hours.

In upholding our #OrangutanFreedom campaign for 2017, we have managed to successfully provide freedom for 170 orangutans this year. Some were moved out of rehabilitation complexes and taken to our pre-release islands, while others were released to wild forests. Thanks to the cooperation of various parties and stakeholders concerned with the orangutan conservation effort and habitat protection, we have been able to achieve freedom for many of our rehabilitated orangutans. Let’s keep going, and persevere with this great collective effort!”The eight orangutans are dispatched in two departure groups over two consecutive days, with each group carrying four orangutans. The first group departed on Tuesday, December 12, and the second group on Wednesday, December 13. From Nyaru Menteng, the orangutans are transported by vehicle to Kuala Kurun, Gunung Mas Regency. A helicopter will airlift the transportation cages and crew members from Kuala Kurun, and fly directly to the release points in the heart of the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest.

Ir. Raffles Brotestes Panjaitan MSc., Director of PKHL-KLHK, welcomes the cooperation by saying; “We at the PKHL Directorate continue to conduct rigorous monitoring, to ensure that forest and land fires don’t occur this year. Since the current situation is relatively stable, we are able to offer more support to wildlife conservation efforts, for example, by providing our helicopter to aid an orangutan release in the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest.

This is a significant and proud moment for us, since the preservation of this species will help maintain the quality of our forests. Hopefully, a growing orangutan population in the Bukit Batikap Forest, and other forests in Kalimantan, will be successful in helping preserve both the species and our forests.”

Ir. Bambang Dahono Adji, MM., MSi., Director of KKHKLHK, acknowledges the release as a significant effort toward protecting remaining wild habitats; “We know that the orangutan is an umbrella species; one that helps maintain forest quality. Releasing orangutans from rehabilitation centers is an important step in the orangutan and habitat conservation effort. It is vital, because orangutan releases determine the success rate of long-term rehabilitation efforts, ranging from 7-8 years for each individual orangutan. Forest conservation depends on a successful rehabilitation program.

I am grateful to the Director of PKHL-KLHK, for kindly providing a helicopter to airlift these eight orangutans to the release points deep in the forest. Regular releases by the BOS Foundation, in collaboration with all stakeholders, will hopefully be beneficial to us all.”

The BOS Foundation continues to work in collaboration with stakeholders at all levels: The Ministry of Environment and Forestry; the Central Kalimantan Provincial Government; the Murung Raya District Government and community; the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, individual donors, and conservation organizations around the world concerned with the conservation effort in Indonesia.

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Contact:

Paulina Laurensia Ela

Communication Specialist

Email: pauline@orangutan.or.id

 

Monterado Fridman (Agung)

Communication and Education Coordinator (Nyaru Menteng)

Email: agungm@orangutan.or.id

 

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Editor’s Note:

ABOUT BOS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organization dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.

The BOS Foundation currently cares for almost 600 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with the support of 443 highly dedicated staff members and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit www.orangutan.or.id.

ABOUT ORANGUTAN RELEASE

Since 2012, BOS Foundation has been releasing (including this release) 326 orangutans to 3 release sites in Central (Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park) and East Kalimantan (Kehje Sewen Forest).

This is the 9th release conducted by the BOS Foundation in 2017. This year BOS Foundation has released 75 orangutans at three sites across Central and East Kalimantan.

The BOS Foundation is currently rehabilitating 590 orangutans at its two rehabilitation centers: Samboja Lestari (158), and Nyaru Menteng (432).

TENTANG WORLD BRANDING AWARD

The World Branding Award is an annual event organised by The World Branding Forum, a registered non-profit organisation in England and Wales. Awards are only presented to the very top household names, recognized globally and in their home countries and BOS Foundation thanks all those who supported and voted for our organization.

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