6.30 am and the team are preparing to transport the orangutan travel cages from Nyaru Menteng to the quarantine area! With 11 orangutans to transport we need a bigger truck than used for the first releases!
8.15 am. Vet team and Technicians on their way from Nyaru Menteng to our quarantine facility to prepare and sedate the orangutans for the first leg of their long journey.
9.00 am. Vet team preparing to move the orangutans into transport cages.
9.00 am. Bang Jagur is the first to be sedated and moved to his travel cage.
9.20 am. Ompong is the last to be sedated of the first 6 orangutans flying to Puruk Cahu. The last 5 will be moved later today.
9.30 – 9.40 am. The team loaded the first 6 orangutans on to the truck and we have started the journey to the airport. Our vets staying at Nyaru Menteng will remain on site to sedate the next 5 orangutans who will fly later today.
10.40 am. The orangutans and team arrive at Tjilik Riwut airport in Palangka Raya and wait in a cool shady part of the airport until the plane arrives. The vet team continues to pay close attention to each orangutan and carefully monitor their condition.
13.20. Loading orangutans on to the 1st plane. This delay, which is due to bad weather conditions, means we will not be able to sedate the next 5 today. Instead they will be sedated early tomorrow morning then fly to Puruk Cahu. Weather permitting they will also be able to fly by helicopter to Batikap tomorrow. We’ll keep you updated on their progress.
13.50. We are back on the plane! Seems like only yesterday we were taking Tarzan, Astrid, Monic and Tantri home. Now safely on board with Ompong, Mama Tata, Tata, Bunga, Kali and Bang Jagur and on our way to Puruk Cahu.
14.40. And just now, the first flight safely arrived in Puruk Cahu!
The first six orangutans have settled into their transit enclosures in Puruk Cahu. Tomorrow morning, they will make their final journey home to Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest. While the remaining five orangutans will be transported to Puruk Cahu on a plane tomorrow morning and hopefully will rejoin their six friends later tomorrow afternoon.