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Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra

by Sumatran Orangutan Society
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Orangutan Rescue: On the frontline in Sumatra
Nov 8, 2018

A Rescue With A Difference

Ina and Boncel at the THS zoo
Ina and Boncel at the THS zoo

Not all of our orangutan rescues involve relocating orangutans from plantations or the pet trade. A recent case involved the Taman Hewan Siantar (THS) zoo, who received two orangutans suspected to have been poached from the Leuser ecosystem. The North Sumatran forestry authorities and the orangutan rescue team tried to remove the orangutans from the zoo, but the zoo refused to release them - a violation of Forestry Ministry Regulations that state that all confiscated orangutans have to be taken to an approved rehabilitation centre in preparation for release back into the wild.

After a public appeal supported on social media by people from around the world, and significant pressure from the authorities and the rescue team, the zoo finally relinquished the orangutans some weeks later. The orangutans, named Ina and Boncel, are now being rehabilitated at the quarantine and rehabilitation centre, and will eventually be released back into the wild.

Ready to be transported to the quarantine centre
Ready to be transported to the quarantine centre
Health checks
Health checks
Ina
Ina
Boncel
Boncel

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Sumatran Orangutan Society

Location: Abingdon, Oxon - United Kingdom
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