The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation and the East Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) are conducting a fourth release for 2019 in the Kehje Sewen Forest, East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan. Four orangutans will be released this time, bringing the total number of rehabilitated orangutans released in the forest to 111 individuals.
Samboja Lestari, East Kalimantan, 26 August 2019. The BOS Foundation, in cooperation with the East Kalimantan BKSDA, is again releasing orangutans that have completed the rehabilitation process at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Today, four orangutans will be released into the Kehje Sewen Forest, an 86,450-hectare Ecosystem Restoration Concession area located in East Kutai Regency.
DR. IR. JAMARTIN SIHITE, MSC., BOS Foundation CEO, said; «In the month of August, we celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day. For us at the BOS Foundation, this month also means freedom for orangutans, especially since International Orangutan Day falls annually on 19 August. This month we will celebrate with the release of four more orangutans, which means that since 2012, we have released 111 orangutans in the Kehje Sewen Forest.
We hope that our continued release efforts help to reduce the threat of extinction for orangutans. However, the BOS Foundation is still accommodating as many as 500 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres. We still need to find suitable forest areas under the Ecosystem Restoration Concession scheme, with the support of all parties, particularly from the central and regional governments. This, backed by stricter law enforcement and public education on the protection of orangutans, will greatly assist the orangutan conservation effort.»
IR. SUNANDAR TRIGUNAJASA N., M.M., Head of East Kalimantan BKSDA, said; «Since June, 3 cooperative efforts between the East Kalimantan BKSDA and the BOS Foundation have seen the release of 10 orangutans – five males and five females - to the Kehje Sewen Forest. Today, we release four more: one male and 3 females. The number of orangutans that can be released in one location is limited, and we still need to monitor how they are adapting to life in the wild.