The Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Nyaru Menteng is planning to release eight more orangutans in Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest on August 8-9, 2012. Meet the eight release candidates who are definitely excited to finally go home!
In October 2005, the BOS Foundation together with the local authorities in Central Kalimantan conducted a joint rescue operation in the area of Sei Babi in East Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan. The operation ran for 6 days and Sempung was one of the six orangutans who were rescued on October 17, 2005 from a rubber plantation owned by the local community there. He was then 15 years old. Seven years have passed and Sempung now is 22 years old, a fully-grown, cheek-padded adult male. Weighing 78.7 kilograms, his dark skin combined with beautiful brown hair gives him a debonair look. This July, Sempung is fully fit and ready to return to the forest and join his friends at Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest where he belongs.
Rescued back in March 2004 from an oil palm plantation in Parenggean, Sumbing was then estimated to be approximately 15 years old. He was already a handsome male orangutan with long light brown hair and a distinctive congenital split in his upper right lip; hence the name “Sumbing”, which in Indonesian literally means cleft lip. At 23 years old and weighing 79 kilograms, this gorgeous alpha male is finally ready to return to his homeland – the forest!
A 9 year-old female orangutan was rescued in January 2007 from an oil palm plantation in Sampit, Pangkalan Bun with broken fingers on her left hand. She was very aggressive and temperamental, indicating that she was a true wild orangutan who previously had minimal contact with humans. We named her Jessica and she is listed as one of our next release candidates. This very beautiful female of 14 years of age weighing 43.5 kilograms is ready to dazzle the males at Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest with her thick eyebrows, long dark brown hair and stunning smile. Good luck, Jessica!
Big and proud, Maradona was already an adult male orangutan with distinguishing fully-grown cheek-pads when he was confiscated in November 2006 from villagers who lived around an oil palm plantation. The villagers caught him in the plantation and tied him tightly with ropes, causing severe injuries on Maradona’s arms. The plan to translocate him right away was cancelled because he obviously needed serious treatment first. So we took Maradona back to Nyaru Menteng where he received intensive medical care, as well as a lot of love and encouragement from our team of technicians and paramedics. Maradona has now fully recovered and is finally ready to return home. At 26 years old and at 75.6 kilograms in weight, we will assign him a specific area in the forest of Bukit Batikap to be made his kingdom once again.
A young male orangutan was rescued from an oil palm planation in the sub-district of Antang Kalang in November 2007. He was around 4 – 4.5 years old with badly injured hands. Named Abam, the expressive and curious youngster was brought to Nyaru Menteng to be treated. Sadly, we had to amputate knuckles off his index finger, middle finger and little finger of his left hand, as well as middle finger and ring finger of his right hand. However, Abam did not lose his wild demeanors because of it. He has remained rowdy, thus we put him together with a group of wild orangutans of the same age. Abam is now 10 years old and is entering his teenage years. At 29.4 kilograms in weight, he is excited to be one of our release candidates and will once again roam free!
Onceng has not lived in Nyaru Menteng for long. The young female orangutan was just confiscated in February 2011 from a local community in Palangka Raya. At that time, we learned that the community captured her in their private plantation and had kept her in a wooden cage for 2 months. They claimed that they once tried to let her out, but she instinctively climbed a tree and made a nest. Fearing that she would jeopardize their plantation, she was captured again and had since never been let out of the cage until we arrived. She was then around 7 – 7.5 years old. In her short time in Nyaru Menteng, we have established that Onceng is healthy and still untamed. She also possesses all of the necessary forest skills. So fortunately for Onceng, she does not have to wait too long before being fully released. This year, the 9 year-old youngster weighing 29.6 kilograms will return to the forest.
In March 2006, a 15 year-old female orangutan was rescued from an oil palm plantation in Sampit, Pangkalan Bun. She was carrying a 2 year-old female baby. The two of them were taken to Nyaru Menteng for health checks and observation. Determining that they were both healthy, they were put in the same individual enclosure and have never been apart since. We named the mother “Mama Ebol” and the baby “Ebol”. This year, Mama Ebol is 21 years old and has grown into a lovely adult female weighing 33.5 kilograms. Together with her daughter Ebol, they finally have their chance to be released. Mama Ebol and her daughter will once again roam the forest!
Rescued together with her mother, Ebol was only 2 years old at that time. Originating from Sampit, Pangkalan Bun, she was found clinging tightly to her mother at an oil palm plantation back in March 2006. So we rescued them both. At Nyaru Menteng, Ebol and her mother (Mama Ebol) were put in the same individual enclosure. They were both very healthy and thus did not have to be separated. They have been together ever since and finally, after over 6 years living in Nyaru Menteng, Ebol and Mama Ebol will once again taste the freedom of the forest where they belong. Now at 8 years old weighing 27.5 kilograms, Ebol is the youngest release candidate from Nyaru Menteng. But we are sure that she will cope just fine as her mom will be close by to watch over her and we will be keeping a watchful eye on all of them!