The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, winner of the 2017 Animalis Edition World Branding Award, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Authority, and USAID LESTARI will release six more orangutans to the TNBBBR to mark World Wildlife Conservation Day.
Six orangutans, all of whom have completed a lengthy rehabilitation process at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, will be released to the TNBBBR. This event, the 13th orangutan release conducted in the TNBBBR since the first event in August 2016, and the 26th orangutan release of BOS Foundation’s Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program since 2012, will take place around World Wildlife Conservation Day. It will also bring the total number of orangutans released by the BOS Foundation to the TNBBBR in Katingan Regency to 112 individuals.
The six orangutans include two males (Grendon and Sepang) and four females (Mary, Ranger, Gaya, and Ramin). They will depart from Nyaru Menteng and take a 10- to 12-hour journey across both road and river to reach the predetermined release points in the TNBBBR.
DR. IR. JAMARTIN SIHITE, MSc., BOS Foundation CEO, said; «Conservation is an endless effort. Throughout 2018, we managed to release 52 orangutans to forest release sites in East and Central Kalimantan. We also received 21 more orangutans at our two rehabilitation centers, and managed to move 26 orangutans to pre-release islands. All of this has been achieved thanks to cooperation and partnerships with various stakeholders.
Conservation doesn’t just focus on improving conditions. It also involves all stakeholders agreeing to work hard to protect what is left. Therefore, land-clearing, hunting, and the illegal trade must all be stopped. There also needs to be more stringent law enforcement, without exception. We believe that firmer law enforcement has the greatest potential to halt the decline of wild orangutan populations.»
IR. ADIB GUNAWAN, Head of the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), added; «The Central Kalimantan BKSDA greatly appreciates all forms of cooperation among stakeholders, in an effort to preserve and protect nature and the environment in Central Kalimantan. Collaboration between the TNBBBR, USAID LESTARI, and the BOS Foundation in releasing orangutans from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is an example of how teamwork can have a positive impact. In the past two years, this particular collaboration has succeeded in returning 106 (increased to 112 after today) rehabilitated orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Katingan District.
We at the Central Kalimantan BKSDA hope that initiatives like this will be replicated by other stakeholders. Since we all enjoy the benefits of nature and the environment, it is only natural that we all bear the responsibility of caring for and protecting the environment. We must embrace this responsibility together.»