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
Jul 24, 2019

Two teams to save two lives.

Bayu. Photo credit: Orangutan Information Centre
Bayu. Photo credit: Orangutan Information Centre

Did you know that we support not one but two Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) teams? Sumatra is the world's sixth-largest island, with areas of forest spread across different provinces, so having two teams is vital. It means each one can focus on a smaller area for ongoing monitoring and outreach work, and be available to respond to rescue call-outs more quickly, as they have less of a distance to travel.

A few weeks ago, both teams had to spring into action on the same day to attend two different rescues - one in North Sumatra province and one in Aceh province. In North Sumatra, a female orangutan estimated to be around 17 years of age was found isolated in small plantation in a village in Langkat district. The orangutan, later named Sally, was healthy and showed no signs of malnutrition, so the team released her into the wild later that day. In Aceh, a male orangutan, later named Bayu, was also reported as being isolated in a local resident's plantation. Aged around 25 and weighing a healthy 50kg, Bayu was also fit for release the same day. 

The HOCRU teams work day and night, in all weathers, on national holidays and during Ramadan to ensure that they reach every orangutan who needs their help, so your support means the world to them as well as to us. Thank you.

Conducting a health check on Sally.
Conducting a health check on Sally.
The evacuation process.
The evacuation process.

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