The BOS Foundation is celebrating yet another successful release of rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) National Park in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. This release coincided with World Habitat Day, which occurs annually on the first Monday of October.
For this release, eight orangutans – five females and three males – travelled to the forest in two separate groups. Pluto, Anggi, Gurita and Usro departed from Nyaru Menteng on October 5 and were released on 6 October; while Sincan, Ibut, Ijum and Kumba set off on October 7, and were released on 8 October.
A special moment for Sri Rahayu, our Babysitter Coordinator from Nyaru Menteng, as she opens Gurita’s travel cage and sets her free in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, on October 6
Our Nyaru Menteng team commenced preparations late afternoon in our Quarantine facility, where the orangutans were sedated by our medical team.
Dr. Hafidz tranquilizes Anggi
The 10-hour journey by car from Nyaru Menteng to the BBBR National Park began after dark when the temperature was cooler for the orangutans and the traffic minimal. Our destination was Tumbang Tundu village in Katingan Regency, which is the last village reachable by car on the outskirts of the national park. Along the way, the team took short breaks every two hours so the medical team could check the orangutans and ensure they were adequately nourished and hydrated.
Orangutans are checked by Vet Fiet Hayu Patispathika
From Tumbang Tundu, the team continued the journey with a 4-hour river trip commencing after sunrise.
Transport cages are loaded onto small, motorized boats known as ‘ces’
Once the team arrived at the predetermined locations in the BBBR National Park, the orangutans were released back to natural habitat.
This is the second release that we have conducted in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (Read more about our first release to the BBBR National Park here: First Orangutan Release to the BBBR National Park). Including these eight, the BOS Foundation has successfully released 230 orangutans since 2012. In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we aim to have released a total 250 orangutans by the end of this year.
Thank you to everyone who supported this release and continues to support orangutan conservation!
Text by: BOS Foundation Communication HQ Team