[PRESS RELEASE] Meet Alba, the Albino Orangutan Rescued in Kapuas, Central Kalimantan

Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is deeply grateful for the global support received to find a special name for the albino orangutan we rescued in Central Kalimantan, two weeks ago.

Following a global campaign to help us find a special name for the 5-year old albino orangutan, BOS Foundation is delighted to announce that this little girl is named Alba, which means ‘white’ in Latin and ‘dawn’ in Spanish. Hopefully a new dawn will come for these precious animals. The name Alba was selected from thousands of suggestions sent from around the world at name@orangutan.or.id or on social media quoting the hashtag #albinoorangutan.

Alba was rescued on 29 April in Tanggirang village in Kapuas Hulu, Central Kalimantan in a poor condition. She was stressed, dehydrated, weak, suffering from a parasite infection and displaying a poor appetite. During her first few days at our Orangutan Reintroduction Center at Nyaru Menteng, she would only eat sugarcane. On arrival, this very rare orangutan was placed with our 24-hour veterinary team in a dimly lit enclosed quarantine facility due to her sensitivity to sunlight, for a full review of her health and intensive care.

After a few days of special care given by our medical team, Alba started to accept more varied foods such as different variety of fruits and also milk. Her condition improved and by the tenth day of treatment, she had gained 4.5 kilograms in weight.

Concerned with her rare and unique condition, BOS Foundation is now carefully collecting information on albinism in great apes before being able to decide on the best possible actions for for her future welfare.

“We can’t simply place Alba in a forest area, nor in a sanctuary, without thoroughly examining all possibilities. So far we have been unable to find any other example of an albino orangutan and we need to know more about her and her special situation. Her welfare and safety will be at the forefront of decisions on her future,” said Dr. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO.

This orangutan rescue was only possible through cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, the Kapuas Hulu Police, and other local stakeholders. BOS Foundation is also extremely grateful for the support provided by individuals, partner organizations, and media from around the world concerned with orangutan conservation in Indonesia.



Paulina Laurensia

Communications Specialist

Email: pauline@orangutan.or.id

Monterado Fridman (Agung)

Coordinator of Communications and Education Division of Nyaru Menteng

Email: agungm@orangutan.or.id  


Editor’s Note:


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

Currently, the BOS Foundation is working to rehabilitate more than 700 orangutans with thesupport of 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.

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