The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation reports that the first 6 of 600 orangutans have finally been released. After rescue from captivity, the orangs have been meticulously retrained to ensure survival in the wild. Read on....
"The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation will release at least six orangutans into the wild on April 22, a foundation official said on Tuesday. That is just a small percentage of the 600 orangutans the group says are ready for release, with budget constraints slowing the process. "We'll release six orangutans initially because we can't release all of them at once. We will follow their every move for two years because it's not easy to adapt to the wild after being in captivity for so long" said Bungaran Saragih, the founder and chairman of the foundation.
The foundation has two rehabilitation centers,one in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan,and the other in Samboja Lestari, East Kalimantan.They house 850 orangutans rescued from captivity, and Bungaran said at least 600 were ready to be released into the wild in East Kalimantan.
"They've gone to school,they've gained their health back, we just need to send them back to the forest.But the money is not ready yet because we need a helicopter" he said."We need at least Rp 60 million [$6,000] per hour to move them, and the trip takes about 3.5 hours."However,the more pressing problem,"he said,"is saving the forest so the orangutan have somewhere to go".
"They are running out of forest"he said."That's why my suggestion to the Forestry Ministry is that you can't just have a "one man, one tree" slogan. It won't be enough. If one trillion trees are planted on the road, it's not going to be a forest. We need forests, not trees."
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There is a desperate need for funds to expedite the release of the remaining orangs as well as the ongoing monitoring to ensure they all stay safe and healthy. Contact BOSF and make a donation!
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