The D-day has finally arrived! It is the lucky number 8. On the 8th day of the 8th month, 8 orangutans are returning to their rightful home in the forest!
The team at Nyaru Menteng had been awake since the crack of dawn, busy preparing and checking last minute details. The release process of Sumbing, Sempung, Jessica, Maradona, Abam, Onceng, Mama Ebol and Ebol was finally underway. At the time of this update, they have just arrived at Puruk Cahu. The first leg of their journey home has completed successfully!
Here are a few photo updates of the activities since this morning.
The airplane took off on time at 10 am. The flight lasted approximately one hour. And as veterinarian Meryl Yemima reported via Twitter just now, the airplane landed safely at Puruk Cahu Airport at 11am. The Team from Nyaru Menteng joined the waiting Team in Puruk Cahu and they have just started to unload the airplane.
From Puruk Cahu Airport, the lucky 8 will be transported to their transit enclosures at IMK (PT. Indo Muro Kencana). IMK has been supporting us since the first release, providing us with a secured area to build our transit enclosures where the orangutans can rest before continuing the journey to Batikap the next morning.
We will wait for further updates of this process – the process of transporting the orangutans and moving them into transit cages – from the Team in Puruk Cahu. They will also be thoroughly checked to ensure that they are all healthy and in good condition. The Team will monitor them around the clock in preparation for tomorrow’s final journey. We will report back to you later today, or follow us on Twitter (@bornean_ou) for live updates (signal permitting) from the Team!