The Directorate of Biodiversity Conservation, the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Authority, and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) - in collaboration with the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation - have released three more rehabilitated Bornean orangutans in the forests of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. Batola (male, 17 yrs), Paduran (female, 12), and Unyu (female, 6) were released within the Hiran Watershed in the TNBBBR, Region II of National Park Management Section, in Kasongan, on 17 February.
The three orangutans were transported from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and taken directly to the release site in an approximate 15-hour journey. This release was attended by the Director of Biodiversity Conservation of the Directorate-General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, who also inaugurated the new orangutan monitoring camp. The camp was given the name ‘Lewun Kahio’, which means ‘Orangutan Home Village’ in local Dayak language.
INDRA EKSPLOITASIA, the Director of Biodiversity Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, appreciated the effort involved in bringing the orangutan release to fruition; «By releasing these three orangutans, all of whom have completed the rehabilitation process, we hope to increase the orangutan population in the wild, community participation in supporting orangutan conservation, and enhance collaboration among the involved parties, particularly the existing communities around the forest area, to protect biodiversity. We acknowledge that conservation efforts require collaboration; from the local government, the ministry, other institutions, local communities, business people, and community institutions, so that nature and the biodiversity within are well preserved. For that, I would like to express my highest gratitude and appreciation to those who have helped and supported the release of these three orangutans.
I had the opportunity to come to the location and accompany the orangutan release team, and to inaugurate the Lewun Kahio orangutan monitoring camp. This release team consists of personnel from the TNBBBR Authority, the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, and BOS Nyaru Menteng, with the task of ensuring that the released orangutans have the opportunity to thrive in the forest. I sincerely hope that this new monitoring camp will help raise the enthusiasm and performance of the team.»
AGUNG NUGROHO, S.SI., M.A., Head of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Authority (BTNBBBR), added; «Several studies were conducted to ensure the suitability of the TNBBBR as a home for rehabilitated orangutans. Many factors had to be taken into account, such as the availability of natural food, the altitude, the lack of pre-existing wild orangutan populations, the habitat carrying capacity, and the distance from human activity. This was done to ensure that released orangutans have every opportunity to thrive in the forest, and hopefully found a new population.»