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Rafli: King of Kehje Sewen

During a recent early morning patrol, our Kehje Sewen Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team happened upon Rafli in the forest. The team followed Rafli – the 49th orangutan released to the Kehje Sewen Forest – and began to observe him. Rafli soon realized the PRM team’s presence, and promptly emitted three loud kiss-squeaks to show his displeasure at being watched over. The PRM team decided to give Rafli space, and observed him from a further distance.

Rafli in the Kehje Sewen Forest

 Ficus tree; natural orangutan food in the Kehje Sewen Forest, and Rafli’s favourite!

A year after his release, Rafli has become a dominate figure in the Kehje Sewen. His roaming area is very wide, reaching 3.5 km. The PRM team often hears Rafli’s long calls when they are undertaking monitoring duties in the forest, indicating that Rafli is marking his territory to other orangutans, as well as trying to attract female orangutans.

An avid explorer, Rafli has been observed in good health, and has become a wonderful forager. His favourite food source is the ficus tree. He likes all parts of the ficus tree, including young leaves, the fruit, and even its bark. Rafli also likes to eat Etlingera shoots (of the Zingiberaceae family).

We are delighted to see Rafli adapting well to life in the Kehje Sewen Forest. Well done, Rafli!

 

Text by: PRM team in Camp Lesik, Kehje Sewen Forest

Repatriated Orangutans (Moza, Junior, Taymur) Thriving at Nyaru Menteng

As you might have seen in our latest news, BOS Foundation Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, has received another baby orangutan who we helped to repatriate from Kuwait. Following in the footsteps of Moza (also repatriated from Kuwait) and Junior (whose illegal transport to Kuwait was intercepted at Jakarta airport), who were brought to Nyaru Menteng last year, 3-year-old repatriated male orangutan named Taymur arrived at Nyaru Menteng on September 15.

Having been with us for 11 months, Moza and Junior are now in excellent condition, and progressing well in Forest School Group 4, where they are relearning their survival skills. Moza has become a very skilled nest-builder, while Junior has mastered foraging for termites and forest fruits.

On Monday (September 18), Taymur moved to the quarantined section of our new Baby House, where he joined Josh in the Nursery Small Group. Taymur spent a lot of time climbing on his first day at school, and quickly picked up the skill.

Moza

Taymur

Junior

We are delighted to see these three repatriated orangutans learning and thriving in our care. They have all made very long journey’s in their young lives and now it is their time to once again learn to live in the forest. Stay healthy and strong, little ones.

 

Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team 

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Kumar: Wild and Free

Twenty-three year old, cheek-pad male Kumar was released into Kehje Sewen Forest on July 12 this year together with Imut, Ical, Belinda, Maureen, Abel, and Alejandro.

Our PRM team recently caught up with Kumar, and managed to briefly observe him going about his daily activities on a hill located far from his release point. Kumar was spotted eating young leaves and bark, and not long after went to rest in a big, strong nest he had constructed. The team waited patiently for Kumar to wake from his nap and make his next move.

Kumar’s Nest

Kumar woke up about an hour later and soon felt his observers’ presence, even though they were located quite a distance away. Kumar immediately showed his displeasure; his hair stood up on end and he threw branches in their direction whilst kiss-squeaked repeatedly. Not wanting to unduly upset him further, the team decided to stop following Kumar and leave him in peace.

Kumar kiss-squeaked to show his displeasure

Although this was only a brief observation, we are happy to report that Kumar appeared in good health and seems to be adapting well to life in the Kehje Sewen Forest.

It’s so great to see you wild and free, Kumar!

[PRESS RELEASE] Taymur Returns Home to Kalimantan

A baby orangutan repatriated from Kuwait through cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and BOS Foundation, will today return to Kalimantan.

Nyaru Menteng, September 15, 2017: Taymur, a 3-year-old infant male orangutan, who was successfully repatriated from Kuwait in April this year, finally arrived in the BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Program in Nyaru Menteng (Nyaru Menteng), where he will begin a lengthy rehabilitation process. Taymur’s rescue was the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) through the Directorate-General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) through the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuwait, the Kuwait Zoo, and BOS Foundation.

Upon his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport on April 17, Taymur was immediately taken to a quarantine facility at Taman Safari Indonesia, in Cisarua, Bogor. At Taman Safari, Taymur underwent a thorough health examination and DNA testing to determine which part of Kalimantan he originated from. After four months in quarantine, Taymur was found to be in good health, while DNA test results concluded that Taymur was of the Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii subspecies, indicating he was from Central Kalimantan. Therefore, it was decided that Taymur should undergo rehabilitation at Nyaru Menteng.

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO, said; “Achieving orangutan and habitat conservation is a challenging task. Looking at Taymur’s story, he was drugged and illegally smuggled out of the country at a very young age. He was brought back to Indonesia, quarantined in Cisarua, and is now finally able to return to Borneo. This is a remarkable journey for an orangutan that is not even three years old. In the wild, orangutans at this age are still very dependent on their mothers. The trauma that Taymur has suffered is inconceivable.

Helping an individual orangutan like this involves a great deal of effort and cost, and it involves cooperation among many parties. Are we really going to do this over and over again? We need to tighten control and surveillance at our international borders and gateways, and impose stricter penalties for conservation-related crimes. If we focus more on prevention, coupled with a commitment to ensuring criminals are held accountable for their actions and feel the full force of the law, we will see significantly positive results. We need to work together to preserve the natural richness of Indonesia.”

Ir. Adib Gunawan, Head of Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), said; “Orangutan conservation in Central Kalimantan is a collective responsibility, both of the government and the public. The Central Kalimantan BKSDA as the government’s representative to manage natural resources and ecosystems, conservation areas and the  flora and fauna outside of conservation areas, engages in cooperation with all stakeholders in our beloved land of “Isen Pulang”. We at BKSDA are highly appreciative of the conservation efforts undertaken by various organizations, including BOS Foundation, which has played a significant role in the repatriation and rehabilitation of 7 orangutans in the past three years. This indicates that we still need to escalate monitoring to prevent the illegal wildlife trade in this province, as well as monitor wildlife which has already been traded to the international market, as international law stipulates that all protected wildlife must be returned to their country of origin. But conservation is a joint effort, so we all have to work together to preserve our rich nature. This homecoming is a realization of a strong commitment to conserve the forest and its biodiversity in our beloved province.”

Similar to Taymur’s repatriation from Kuwait last April, a team of experienced BOS Foundation veterinarians were also intensively involved in this trip to monitor Taymur’s condition and ensure a safe and comfortable journey. This is a standard operational procedure strictly imposed by BOS Foundation whenever orangutans are transported over a long distance.Returning Taymur to Kalimantan has not only involved the KLHK, BOS Foundation, and Taman Safari Indonesia, but has also engaged the help of NAM Air. This domestic airline, a part of the Sriwijaya Air business group, transported Taymur and followed all animal welfare and safety requirements outlined within BOS Foundation’s transportation guidelines.From Taman Safari Indonesia in Cisarua, Taymur traveled by road to Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Banten, and then was flown by NAM Air to Sampit, the capital of East Kotawaringin District, Central Kalimantan. From Sampit, the group travelled by road directly to Nyaru Menteng, where Taymur will undergo a rehabilitation process spanning up to seven years. The whole journey from Taman Safari to Nyaru Menteng took approximately 12 hours.

Sugianto Sabran, the Governor of Central Kalimantan welcomes the effort, saying; “The return of Taymur to Central Kalimantan is an effort to restore one of the province’s important assets that we greatly appreciate. Orangutans are an integral part of our life in Borneo, and we are all happy that little Taymur is coming home. He is a symbol of the natural wealth that we must guard and preserve. Orangutans are not born to live in cages as pets. They have to live wild and free in their habitat, in the forest. The Central Kalimantan Provincial Government staff and I are ready to support conservation programs implemented by organizations and conservation agencies. Let us join hands to safeguard our forests and all of our natural wealth.”

The illegal wildlife trade is a serious threat to orangutan survival, third after habitat destruction and hunting, and comprises the world’s fourth-largest crime sector after the drug trade, counterfeiting and human trafficking (Global Risk Insights, 2017). Serious commitment and tangible action from those in authority is urgently needed to find long-term solutions to help prevent wildlife crime, and the corruption linked to it. All stakeholders, including members of the public, must play their part. All stakeholders need to be actively involved in this effort.

The orangutan is an Indonesian icon and important umbrella species that plays a vital role in forest regeneration. We need to highlight orangutan conservation and help protect them from the threat of extinction.BOS Foundation wishes to thank BOS Germany and and all our partners for their moral and material support, and as partner organisations with the same goal – to advocate the orangutan conservation effort in Indonesia.

 

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Contact:

Nico Hermanu

BOSF Communication Officer

Email: nico@rangutan.or.id

Mobile: +62 811 276 7957

 

Monterado Fridman (Agung)

Communication and Education Coordinator in Nyaru Menteng

Email: agungm@orangutan.or.id

Mobile: +62 811 523 9918

 

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Editor’s Note:

 

ABOUT THE 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 600 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.

Getting to Know Forest Foods

In Forest School, our baby orangutans learn how to identify different types of forest foods. They start learning this vital survival skill from the very first moment they join Nursery Group.

Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team 

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Taymur Homecoming (2)

Taymur is Ready to Go Home!

We are excited to announce that following several months in quarantine at Taman Safari Indonesia, Taymur is healthy and ready to start his rehabilitation!

Taymur is three years old and currently weighs a healthy 11 kgs. He has tested negative for TB, hepatitis and salmonella, all of which commonly affect orangutans under human care. DNA testing has determined that he originally came from Central Kalimantan and so we are putting all the plans into place to move him to our orangutan rehabilitation program at Nyaru Menteng, where he will join our other orangutans in Forest School.

Taymur is one of the few fortunate individuals who has not only survived the illegal pet trade, but also been successfully repatriated to his country of origin. We hope that when he is ready, one day he will be able to return to the forest where he belongs.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped bring Taymur home!

 

Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team 

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Taymur Homecoming (1)

Remember Taymur, the baby orangutan we helped repatriate from Kuwait in April?

Taymur was illegally traded and transported to Kuwait, then later discovered by Kuwaiti police following a traffic accident involving the person who was holding him illegally as a pet. Taymur was with the suspect, who was under the influence of narcotics, at the time of the incident, and was subsequently secured by the Kuwaiti authorities before being returned to Indonesia.

Upon his arrival at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, Taymur was taken to the Taman Safari Indonesia quarantine facility to undergo a thorough medical examination and DNA testing. He is now ready to be transferred to a rehabilitation center.

 

Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team 

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It’s Climb Time!

The baby orangutans have adapted well to their new home. The “Baby House” is equipped with a variety of enrichments, like the purposefully arranged rubber ropes and baskets that help orangutan babies hone their climbing skills.

Our babysitters place food atop the enrichment structures to encourage the babies to climb up. These type of activities help orangutan babies become accustomed to conducting their activities up in the trees and off the ground.

The baby orangutans enjoy playing together in the baskets, and seem very comfortable in their new home. The BOS Foundation would like to thank all parties who supported the construction of this beautiful new Baby House!

Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team 

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[PRESS RELEASE] Collaborating with a Corporation, BOS Foundation Establishes an Orangutan Conservation Area in Wahau and Moves 10 Orangutans to Ready Them for Release

Today, BOS Foundation officially commenced activities on a new, 82.84 hectare orangutan pre-release island in Wahau Sub-District, East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan. The utilisation of the island has been made possible through cooperation between BOS Foundation and PT. Nusaraya Agro Sawit (PT. NAS). During this event, BOS Foundation also moves 10 orangutans from their Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Samboja Lestari (Samboja Lestari) to the island, with the purpose of preparing them for their release into the forest.

 

Wahau, East Kalimantan, September 6, 2017Once again, BOS Foundation demonstrates its commitment to collaborate with stakeholders, including corporations, in implementing actions to support orangutan and habitat conservation. This time the foundation, established in 1991, is working together with PT. NAS to acquire a 82.84 hectare conservation area in Muara Wahau, East Kutai Regency.

The conservation area will be utilised as a pre-release island for orangutans previously rehabilitated in Samboja Lestari. Orangutans have to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process which can take up to 7-8 years before they are ready to be returned to natural habitat. The rehabilitation process starts in Nursery and progresses through different levels; similar to a school system human children complete, created to build basic skills for survival in the wild. The final stage of the process requires time spent on a natural island which provides opportunities for orangutans to live in a semi-wild forest environment, protected but able to be observed to monitor adaptation.

During this event, BOS Foundation also moves 10 orangutans from Samboja Lestari to the pre-release island to prepare them as future release candidates into the Kehje Sewen Forest in 2018.

BOS Foundation CEO, Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite explains, “We are still rehabilitating more than a hundred orangutans in Samboja Lestari ready for release. BOS Foundation needs to accelerate the rehabilitation cycle which includes pre-release and release, by setting up special conservation areas with suitable carrying capacity for orangutans. With this island we call “Juq Kehje Swen”, which means “orangutan island” in Dayak language, plus some new pre-release islands already in use in Samboja Lestari, we are confident that we can speed up the process of releasing orangutans currently cared for in our rehabilitation center.”

“However, that is only one aspect of our efforts in orangutan and habitat conservation. If forests keep being destroyed, opened and converted, wildlife such as orangutans will continue to be hunted, displaced and fragmented. And this process will continue whilst our forests continue to shrink, until all is lost and it can no longer support biodiversity, and provide environmental services, that includes environmental services for humans. Therefore, we must work together now to protect forests from damage and wildlife from extinction. Let them live in their natural state.”

Ir. Sunandar Trigunajasa N., Head of East Kalimantan BKSDA, emphasizes, “The East Kalimantan BKSDA highly appreciates the cooperation developed with BOS Foundation and other parties, such as PT. NAS. As we have often pointed out, conservation efforts for orangutans and their habitat require major cooperation involving all parties: governments, communities, civic organizations, and the private sector. This is something we need to do because of the role that orangutans play in maintaining forest quality, making them a crucial factor we must preserve. Given the increasing number of forest areas being converted, we are obliged to strongly conserve the remaining forests, whilst also rehabilitate the damaged ones. We can all play a part in safeguarding the forest and wildlife. Let us do our duty and part the best we can.”

In the utilization of this new pre-release island, BOS Foundation cooperates with PT. Nusaraya Agro Sawit (PT. NAS). To manage a forested area of 82.84 hectares in Wahau Sub-district. A survey previously carried out shows that this area contains good quality forest, isolated by river water throughout the year, no population of wild orangutans, large space to support adaptation, socialization, sufficient natural orangutan foods, and it can accommodate an estimated 40 orangutans.

Ir. Martusin Yapriadi, Director of PT. Nusantara Agro Sawit, says, “Our cooperation with a large conservation organization like BOS Foundation is a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable environmental conservation in East Kalimantan Province. We uphold the principles of sustainable environmental governance and therefore, are committed to supporting the efforts of BOS Foundation to provide habitat as the final stage for rehabilitated orangutans prior to their release into the forest. This collaboration shows that our sustainable business can work in harmony with conservation efforts. We are very excited about this partnership, and we hope that this can inspire others to work together and support sustainable conservation efforts in East Kalimantan.”

Utilization of orangutan pre-release islands in Wahau, East Kutai district is a realization of BOS Foundation’s collaboration with all stakeholders, and BOS Foundation is grateful for the support provided by the East Kalimantan BKSDA and PT. NAS who have collaborated on the implementation of this pre-release island.

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Contact:

Paulina Laurensia

Communications Specialist

Email: pauline@orangutan.or.id

Mobile: +62 813 4733 7003

Suwardy

Communications Staff Samboja Lestari

Email: ardy@orangutan.or.id

Mobile: +62 811-5066-284

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Editor’s Note:

ABOUT THE BOS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organization dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their habitats, 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 a little over than 600 orangutans, with the support 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.

BOS Foundation Rescues Another Baby Orangutan

BOS Foundation Rescues Another Baby Orangutan

 

Tragically, orphaned orangutans continue to arrive and on August 27, BOS Foundation and the Central Kalimantan BKSDA rescued a 2-year-old male orangutan from Habungen, a traditional gold mine in the Banama Tingang sub-district of Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. Avillager from Sepang, Gunung Mas Regency, had reported information on the orangutan to the Central Kalimantan BKSDA. The villager said that he found the baby on the side of a track leading to the mine. Scared and alone, it was evident that his mother had been killed.

Upon rescue, the baby was exhausted and weak, with a badly injured left arm. The Nyaru Menteng medical team conducted a full health examination, with X-rays revealing the baby’s swollen left wrist was fractured. His wound was thought to have been inflicted by a sharp instrument, such as a serampang, a local Dayak pitchfork.

An X-ray revealed a fractured left wrist

The baby is now undergoing intensive care and monitoring under our team of dedicated veterinarians and babysitters. Weighing just 4.4 kg, the baby will remain in quarantine for at least two months before he can join the other babies in the Nursery Group.

Our hearts go out to this little boy. We hope he gets better soon, so he can join the 16 other infants and toddlers in our new Baby House.

Text by: BOSF Communication Team

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