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
Oct 13, 2014

Five orangutans rescued in a month

This male orangutan had been kept as a pet
This male orangutan had been kept as a pet

The team in Sumatra have been incredibly busy lately, with several reports of orangutans in danger.

One of these orangutans was a five year old male, found roaming in farmlands. When the rescue team arrived on the scene, they discovered that he has escaped from life as a pet about a year ago - he was still wearing the rope around his neck from where he'd been tied up. It is illegal to keep orangutans as pets, as they are a protected species under Indonesian law, but sadly we are regularly involved in rescuing captive orangutans, which must then go through a lengthy process of rehabilitation before they can be returned to the wild.

Shockingly, in this case, the orangutan's 'owner' had been a government worker - in fact, keeping protected species as pets is seen as a status symbol, and some government officials and members of the police wish to show they are above the law by doing so.

Another of the orangutans who was rescued recently was a 10 month old baby, who the rescue team named Pepe. He was also being kept as a pet, and was severely dehydrated and starving. The people in the village said that he had been found on the ground, but this is incredibly unlikely - orangutan mothers and their babies have one of the strongest bonds in the animal kingdom, and it is far more likely that Pepe's mother would have been killed than have abandoned her son. Pepe was rushed to the Sumatran orangutan rehabilitation centre and is undergoing treatment, getting stronger every day.

It is only through donations that we are able to keep the rescue team on the road - without them, so many orangutans in danger would have a grim fate, but thanks to this project, instead have a second chance at life in the wild. Please consider setting up a regular monthly gift, or sharing our work with your family and friends. 

Thank you.

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Comments:
  • Katherine Sammons
    Katherine Sammons I really loved reading your project report! You guys are doing amazing work and you inspired me to give to your project on Bonus Day!
    • 8 years ago
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  • Helen Buckland
    Helen Buckland Thank you so much Katherine - we really appreciate your support, and will keep in touch with updates from the field.
    • 8 years ago
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  • Andrew
    Andrew The work of this project is indeed amazing and, sadly necessary. However, just as much effort must be put into conserving the much-destroyed habitat for wildlife to thrive in the forests where they belong. I believe Greenpeace is having some success with huge multi-nationals such as Procter & Gamble and Unilever in getting... Read more »
    • 8 years ago
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  • Helen Buckland
    Helen Buckland Hello Andrew - you're absolutely right. Rescuing orangutans in danger is necessary, but we must of course protect the last standing forests in Sumatra in order to ensure the species has a future. Our other projects and campaigns aim to tackle the root causes of deforestation (including conversion to oil palm... Read more »
    • 8 years ago
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