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May 22, 2017
Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, will release another six orangutans from the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Nyaru Menteng (Nyaru Menteng) to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR-NP) in Katingan Regency. BOS Foundation hopes this release will help raise more public awareness on the conservation of the Bornean orangutan, the province’s icon.
Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, May 22, 2017: In cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, BOS Foundation is today releasing orangutans from Nyaru Menteng for the 17th time since 2012. BOS Foundation’s release team will embark on a 10-hour road and river trip from Nyaru Menteng to BBBR-NP, where one male and five female orangutans will be released to predetermined points in the forest. This release will bring the total population of ex-rehabilitated orangutans in BBBR-NP to 47 individuals.
Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO said; “The Bornean orangutan has been declared as ‘critically endangered’ and we at BOS Foundation are determined to work towards reversing the trends in their decline. In 2017, we are focusing on the year of #OrangutanFreedom, through the release of 100 orangutans to the forest, and the relocation of another 100 from our rehabilitation centres to pre-release islands. We continue to work in cooperation with several stakeholders, including the local government and people, and the private sector. We hope this cooperation will intensify in the future. We need to realise that conserving orangutans in their natural habitat provides us with good-quality forests. We need forests to provide us with oxygen and water, and a regulated climate, so all have to work hand-in-hand to ensure orangutans can live safely in their natural habitat, the forests. I hope this release serves as a memorable 60th anniversary gift for the government and people of Central Kalimantan, whilst reminding us all of the importance of conserving this iconic species in Central Kalimantan.”
Ir. Adib Gunawan, Head of Central Kalimantan’s Conservation of Natural Resources Agency (BKSDA), said; “This release, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of Central Kalimantan Province, is a truly great event. The Central Kalimantan BKSDA, together with BOS Foundation and our government stakeholders, has been working hard to preserve orangutans and their habitat as a manifestation of our responsibility for nature conservation. We are grateful to be able to celebrate this year’s anniversary, together with other stakeholders concerned with environmental conservation efforts, through real action such the one we have today. Let’s keep up this momentum, and continue to support a protected, healthy, and sustainable environment.”
Ir. Heru Raharjo, M.P., Head of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Central Kalimantan (BBBR-NP) Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan Region, fully supports the event and said, “Cooperation between the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park with BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA in releasing rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the National Park is intended to conserve Bornean orangutans, which are facing extinction, and we must appreciate and support this effort together. The post-release monitoring that we conduct with the team from BOS Foundation has shown that released orangutans are adapting well and I personally hope that these six individuals we release today will follow the success of the orangutans previously released in this National Park and create a new wild orangutan population in Central Kalimantan.”
H. Ahmad Yantenglie, S.E., Regent of Katingan (with his environmental campaign titled “Conservation of Katingan for Borneo”), said; “We are releasing orangutans in Katingan for the fifth time. As the leader of the regency, on behalf of Katingan people, I would like to express our appreciation for the opportunity to participate in orangutan and habitat conservation efforts. We truly hope that the released orangutans will help maintain the quality of our forest in Katingan Regency, for a well-maintained forest will provide huge benefits for humankind. Whilst celebrating the 60th anniversaryof Central Kalimantan Province, I pray that we can forever preserve our icon, the orangutan.”
This release is also supported by USAID LESTARI, which has pledged to help promote orangutan release events in BBBR-NP until 2018.
Rosenda Chandra Kasih, USAID LESTARI Central Kalimantan Landscape Coordinator said, “Bornean orangutan’s ‘critically endangered’ status should alert us that it is time for everyone to start cooperating on providing solutions and contributions for the protection and conservation of the remaining habitat in Central Kalimantan, as well as the orangutan species. USAID LESTARI in cooperation with BOS Foundation, government, private sectors, and local communities works to ensure sustainable orangutan protection in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. One of our goals is to create a new wild viable orangutan population, able to sustain and interact normally with surrounding ecosystem habitats. The release of these 6 orangutans to celebrate the 60th Central Kalimantan anniversary should symbolise our collective action in preventing orangutans demise. We hope that this event can somehow reach all stakeholders to pay more attention on extinction that threatens orangutans, which has the highest population in Central Kalimantan.”
BOS Foundation acknowledges that successful orangutan and habitat conservation efforts are only achievable through the participation and active support from all parties: the government, and both public and private sectors. BOS Foundation works in cooperation with the government on all levels, including the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Central Kalimantan Provincial Office, the Katingan Regency Office, the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park office, to help safeguard Bornean orangutans and their habitat.
BOS Foundation also collaborates with other stakeholders, including PT. Kayu Waja, the people of Katingan Regency and individual donors and partner conservation organizations around the world. BOS Foundation would like to thank all stakeholders for their support and contribution to these critical nature conservation efforts.
Monterado Fridman (Agung)
Coordinator of Communications and Education Division of Nyaru Menteng
Rosenda Chandra Kasih
USAID LESTARI Kalimantan Tengah Landscape Coordinator
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 has more than 700 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with support from 440 highly dedicated staff 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 USAID LESTARI
USAID LESTARI is a collaborative project between the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia. USAID LESTARI fully supports the efforts made by the Indonesian government to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase conservation of the biodiversity of forests and mangrove ecosystems rich in carbon storage.
USAID LESTARI focuses on regions with unscathed primary forests, high carbon deposits and a rich biodiversity. These regions include Aceh (the Leuser landscape), Central Kalimantan (the Katingan-Kahayan landscape), and Papua (the Lorentz Lowlands, Mappi-Bouven Digoel, Sarmi and Cyclops landscapes).
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