25-Year-Old Orangutan Evacuated from Plantation in Central Kalimantan

Diana Mariska
Orangutan illustration (Photo: Elements Envato)
Orangutan illustration (Photo: Elements Envato) - A Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) unit in Central Kalimantan has successfully evacuated a 25-year-old orangutan that previously entered plantation area within the province.

Working together with the Orangutan Foundation International (IFO), the Regional Conservation Unit (SKW) II in Pangkalan Bun, West Kotawaringin regency, was able to rescue the animal last week.

“Early last week, we managed to save an orangutan that penetrated plantation owned by locals in Pembuang Hulu village, Hanau subdistrict, Seruyan regency,” head of Pangkalan Bun SKW II Dendi Sutiadi on Friday, October 14, as reported by Antara.

Information about the orangutan being within the area was based on report received by staffs at the Tanjung Puting National Park.

Upon evacuation, authorities brought the wildlife to the unit’s headquarters to undergo medical examination.

“The male orangutan is about 25 years old and weighs 65 kilograms. During the medical assessment, we found airgun pellets on his chin, left cheek, and right thigh—which we managed to remove,” Sutiadi explained.

After determining that the animal was in healthy condition, officers then put microchip on him to track his movement and monitor his health.

“We have released the orangutan in Lamandau forest,” the official revealed.

He later reminded members of the public against keeping, capturing, or killing the protected animal. Perpetrators, he said, can be sentenced to up to five years in prison, as stipulated by law.

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