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April 18, 2017
After months of coordinating and planning, we are delighted to announce that Taymur has finally returned home!
Over the last few months BOS Foundation has been working tirelessly with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait, to successfully repatriate this 2-year old male orangutan.
Taymur in Kuwait Zoo
As an organization focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orangutans, and having already successfully helped repatriate two baby orangutans – Puspa and Moza - from Kuwait in 2015, we had the experience and expertise to help repatriate Taymur, so were eager to help once again.
Once all the documents were in place, Taymur was placed on a KLM flight out of Kuwait with a stopover in Amsterdam and landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on April 17, at 17.25 local time. An examination by our accompanying vet, Maryos Tandang determined that Taymur was in good health after his long 30-hour journey from Kuwait.
Vet Maryos Tandang with BOS Foundation CEO, Jamartin Sihite and Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Bambang Dahono Aji checking Taymur’s condition at Soekarno-Hatta airport cargo terminal
Once we were satisfied that he was fit and well, Taymur was then transported to Taman Safari Indonesia’s (TSI) quarantine facility in Cisarua Bogor, West Java, escorted by a joint team from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and BOS Foundation. At TSI, Taymur will undergo a quarantine period, complete with through health and DNA testing to determine where he will undergo rehabilitation once he has completed quarantine.
Taymur at the Quarantine Installation of TSI, Cisarua, Bogor
Taymur, Puspa, Moza - together with the orangutans which were repatriated from Thailand also in 2015, were all victims of the illegal pet trade. This year’s Global Risk Insights Report states that illegal wildlife trade is the second-biggest threat to orangutan survival after habitat destruction, and is one of world's top global crime sectors. Serious commitment and real action from the government is desperately needed to enforce the laws that protect our wildlife. We should be able to detect and prevent attempts to smuggle baby orangutans, which are similar in size to a human baby. We fight against the illegal drug trade, we should be fighting as hard against illegal wildlife trade.
BOS Foundation thanks all parties involved in this repatriation, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait, the Kuwait Zoo for the care given to Taymur, as well as the Kuwait Embassy for their prompt coordination and strong commitment to bringing home this young orangutan. BOS Foundation is also grateful for the moral and financial support provided by BOS Germany and BOS Switzerland as our global partner organizations.
BOS Foundation is pushing for tighter surveillance of goods leaving the country through our international gateways; airports and seaports. Law enforcement against violators needs to be stricter. We cannot underestimate the degree of damage this trade causes to nature. For every baby orangutan successfully illegally smuggled, many more would have died during their illegal capture or transport. Nor can we ignore the financial costs involved in repatriation. And every time we manage to return an orangutan, there are always questions which remain, especially in regards to the legal follow up actions towards the perpetrators.
More focus is desperately needed on orangutan conservation before it is too late!
Text by: BOS Foundation HQ Communication Team
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