Orangutan Conservation Sumatra

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Domaine du projet :Environnement
Région du projet :Asia and Pacific
Pays du projet :Indonesia
Langues : English

Mon Jul 9 2018 11:07


A female orangutan normally weighs between 30 and 50 kg. With 17 kg, «Rose» weighs clearly less. But she was lucky – she can recover in the rescue and rehabilitation station of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP.

In the beginning of March, «Rose» was searching for something to eat on the property of a farmer in Sumatra, she was evacuated and brought to a protected forest area. However, the supervision of the park quickly realized that she was in a very bad condition. Therefore she was brought to the rescue and rehabilitation station of the Sumatra Orangutan Conservation Programme.

For 17 years, we have been caring and raising orangutans that were held as pets or were displaced from their original habitat and preparing them for their future life in the wild for already 17 years. «Rose» is one of three orangutans which were brought to the station in March. The fact that two of them were rescued from fields underlines the statement: «Habitat for orangutans is becoming short in Sumatra»! But there is even more to tell about «Rose»: During the routine health check after her arrival, the vets found, apart from a fractured finger, five bullets lodged in her leg, abdomen and face. Farmers, who fear for their crop, often use air rifles – but whether they are only used to chase away crop thieves, like the orangutan, is an open question.

«Rose» will stay with us for a couple of weeks to months. Since she is a wild orangutan, she is already able to survive in the rainforest on her own. Therefore, she only needs to gain weight and let her finger heal. We are very confident that «Rose» soon will be reintroduced into the wild at the border of the Leuser ecosystem in Jantho.

Mon Mar 19 2018 04:03


For the second time an infant from a reintroduced orangutan mother was born in the Jantho Nature Reserve. «Mameh», the young female orangutan is only the second offspring in our newly built up orangutan population.

On November 7th 2017 our workers from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP have met a former orangutan-patient in the wild of Jantho. To the delight of everyone the orangutan mother «Mongki» was carrying a newborn infant. The team gave her the name «Mameh», which means «beautiful» in Indonesian. Since the beginning of reintroduction in Jantho in 2011, Mameh is now the first female to be born to a new wild population of orangutans.

Since 2011 our Sumatran Orangutan Conversation Programme SOCP had already freed many orangutans from illegal captivities, nursed them in our rescue and rehabilitation station and re-established them in the free wild of Jantho. As well as Mameh’s mother Mongki. The female orangutan was found with her neck chained to a cage in a garage by our team in 2010. After one and a half year of care and rehabilitation near Medan, Mongki was able to get released back into freedom in our resettlement area Jantho.

The birth of already the second infant of a former captivated and reintroduced orangutan mother shows us that we are on the right way. Our aim for the next few years is to establish over 350 more orangutans in the area of Jantho to build up a new, self-sustaining wild population. And in the end to protect the orangutangs from extinction.

Mon Mar 19 2018 04:03


The New Year brings new joy: At the rescue and rehabilitation station six young orang-utans are ready to be taken to the reintroduction station in «Jambi».

Freedom is near: Soon six orang-utans will be on their way from the rescue and rehabilitation station of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme to «Jambi» before being released into the rainforest. There the young apes can readapt to their new life as wild animals. As soon as they are ready, the cage doors will be opened and the orang-utans may finally return to the wild.

The candidates being reintroduced:

  • Four-year-old «Citaria» was confiscated in November 2015. She was found frightened and dehydrated in a bag, to be sold in illegal wildlife trading. Fortunately, her future looks much brighter now.
  • Three-and-a-half-year old «Upin Kecil» is the only male of the group that is soon to be released. He was also a victim of wildlife trading and brought to the rescue and rehabilitation station in January 2017.
  • «Citrawan» was confiscated in Malaysia in 2015. She is approximately three years old. Little is known about her medical record. However, she is healthy enough to be released.
  • «Bobina» was brought in to the rescue and rehabilitation station with «Citrawan». She, too, is approximately three years old. Together with her friend «Citrawan» she is preparing to be released into the rainforest.
  • «Dara» was saved from illegal wildlife trading in November 2015 and brought to the rescue and rehabilitation station. During her stay she proved her strength and fortunately, did not show any health problems.
  • Four-and-a-half-year-old «Rambo Aprilia» was confiscated with «Dara» and saved from illegal wildlife trading. She proved herself to be a rugged orang-utan-girl.

In «Jambi», in the centre of Sumatra, the orang-utans will stay in the enclosures to adjust to their new surroundings of the rainforest. They will be observed by the caretakers for the first few weeks and led into the rainforest to discover their new future home. As soon as they are able to look after themselves they will be released into the wild for good.

Wed May 27 2015 11:05

January 9th, 2015, Medan, Indonesia

Return to wild of formerly blind Sumatran orangutan mother of twins after ground-breaking surgery.

On Monday January 5th 2015, Gober, a formerly blind orangutan mother of twins was returned to a life in the wild in Aceh, Sumatra Indonesia as part of the work of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). The release of Gober was only possible due to groundbreaking cataract surgery in 2012 that restored her eyesight.

Twin orangutan births are rare, but Gober’s twins are totally unique as they were born to parents who were BOTH blind. Their father Leuser, lost his eyesight when shot at least 62 times with an air rifle. He still has two pellets in one eye and one in the other.

Gobers special story

Gober was originally rescued by the SOCP from an isolated patch of forest surrounded by palm oil plantations in 2008. As she was blind, she was raiding farmer’s crops to survive and would surely have been killed if left where she was. She was then cared for at the SOCP orangutan quarantine centre near Medan, North Sumatra.

Normally, females at the centre are kept separated from males to prevent pregnancies, thus avoiding further orangutans in captivity. However, Gober was allowed to conceive despite being unable to see, as it was considered that rearing an infant would dramatically improve her welfare, giving her something to do. Her twins are Ginting, female and Ganteng, male and they will be 4 years old on January 21st.


The release

The release took place in the conservation forest of Jantho, in Aceh, Indonesia. Aceh has been in the news recently due to the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami.

Sadly, the plan to release Gober and both of her twin infants together did not work out as hoped. All three were released at the same time, but Ganteng did not take well to the forest environment and Gober struggled in the trees with two infants to watch out for. It was not long before she seemed to give up trying, and poor little Ganteng was left behind.

Whilst Gober and Ginting subsequently coped perfectly well, travelling through the canopy, finding food and building a huge nest for the night, little Ganteng spent his first night in the forest alone and afraid, cold and wet.

The following day, after seeing that his mother and sister where not coming back for him, SOCP staff were able to give Ganteng food and managed to usher him back to the safety of the onsite cages later that afternoon.


An "emotional roller coaster ride"

Speaking from Jantho on Wednesday, Dr Ian Singleton said “The last couple of days have been an emotional roller coaster ride, for all of us but especially for Ganteng, and presumably for Gober and Ginting too. No one believed she would leave one of her twins behind, at least not so soon after release. We’re all a bit stunned at just how quickly it happened.”

He went on to add “Gober and Ginting are doing fine and it remains to be seen if they will try looking for Ganteng again or not. In the meantime the most important thing is that all of them are safe. If she doesn’t come back for him, he will still get his chance of a life free in the forest in the not too distant future.”