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Help Us Name Rescued Albino Orangutan


Following her emergency rescue on April 29 from Tanggirang village in Kapuas Hulu, Central Kalimantan, the albino orangutan we reported on last week is now recovering at the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Nyaru Menteng. This very rare orangutan is currently in our quarantine facility where she will be given a full health examination and observed by our veterinary team as she recovers.

Due to a complete absence of skin pigmentation, this 5-year-old female is sensitive to sunlight, and is being housed in a shaded quarantine enclosure. As is the case with many rescued orangutans that come into our care, this beautiful girl came to us in a frail condition and lacking a healthy appetite.

Weighing just 8.3 kilograms at the time of her rescue, she now weighs 12.8 kilograms on her 10th day of care under vet Arga Sawung Kusuma. She is now happy to eat a variety of fruits, which is an improvement on her diet during the first days in quarantine, when she would only accept sugarcane.

This blonde beauty has become an ambassador for her species, and we would like to come up with a special name be fitting her uniqueness. “It is very rare to find an albino orangutan, and considering the significant conservation challenges wild orangutans face, we want that to be recognized in her name,” said Dr. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO.

We would like to ask for input from the public to help us name this special orangutan. You can email your suggestions to us at name@orangutan.or.id or use the hashtag #albinoorangutan on social media platforms. Names can be submitted from May 8-14. The best name will be announced on May 15 via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are looking for a meaningful name, one which will best reflect this orangutan’s special condition, as well as highlight the plight of all Critically Endangered orangutans.

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