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It's estimated that 2,000-3,000 orangutans are lost every year

Orangutans spend most of their time in trees.

“Orangutan" comes from the Malay words "orang" (person) and "hutan" (of the forest).

Orangutans exist in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

Orangutans are classified as “critically endangered.”

Orangutans are extremely intelligent and make their own tools.

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Orangutan News: The World’s Only Known Albino Orangutan Is Moving to Her Own Island for Safe Keeping

by Dana Dovey for Newsweek

Alba, the world’s only known albino orangutan, now has her own personal island sanctuary in Borneo to live out the rest of her days safely tucked away from the humans who may want to do her harm. Orangutans are endangered creatures, but Alba’s rare genetic disorder makes her truly a one-of-a-kind ape.

Alba, named after the Latin word for “white,” has albinism, a rare genetic condition that exists in many species and causes serious deficits in melanin, a pigment that gives hair, skin and eyes their colors. According to the National Institutes of Health, the condition is caused by a genetic mutation that affects the production of melanin, either slowing it down or stopping it completely.

Today, the white orangutan lives in captivity, but soon she will be moved to a man-made island so that she can live her life outside of captivity, but still safe from humans who may endanger her welfare.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of Newsweek and can be read in its entirety here.

posted by: Juanita

 

Orangutan News: Four Orangutans Released Into Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) workers move Romeo, a 30 year-old East Kalimantan orangutan, to a cage on an artificial island in Samboja Lestari, Kutai Kartanegara, to prepare for his release into his natural habitat. photo: (JP/N. Adri)

from The Jakarta Post

The US Embassy, the Indonesian government and the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation on Thursday announced the successful release of two male and two female rescued orangutans into the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in the center of Kalimantan.

The release of the four orangutans raised the total number of the rescued critically endangered animals in the national park to 75 since the first release in August 2016.

Central Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Center (BKSDA) head Adib Gunawan said: “We should continue to release orangutans back into their natural habitat because there are still hundreds of orangutans currently residing in rehabilitation centers.”

The head of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Center for Central and West Kalimantan Heru Raharjo said his institution would make sure all of the orangutans were able to reintegrate into their habitat and increase their population.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of The Jakarta Post and can be read in its entirety here.

posted by: Juanita

 

Orangutan News: Orangutan Found Tortured Prompts Indonesia Probe

Orangutan photo from OC archives; not associated with this story.

by Mongabay.com

JAKARTA — Conservation authorities in Indonesia are investigating the death of an orangutan whose headless and apparently tortured body was found earlier this week in a river in central Borneo.

A villager in South Barito district, in the province of Central Kalimantan, discovered the bloated body of the male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) on Monday, according to Adib Gunawan, the head of the provincial wildlife conservation agency.

He said it appeared the body had been in the water for two days before being found.

Orangutans are ostensibly protected by law, but lax enforcement means few perpetrators ever face justice for killing or trading in these great apes. Under the wildlife conservation law, maximum prison sentences of five years and fines of up to 100 million rupiah ($7,000) can be imposed on anyone convicted of killing, trading, keeping or transporting protected species.

This excerpt from a news story appeared in and is courtesy of Mongabay.com and can be read in its entirety here.

This sad news report reminds us how much more must be done to help protect this vulnerable species better in the future.

posted by: Juanita

 

Orangutan News: Orangutans, Like People, Use Medicinal Plants To Treat Joint And Muscle Inflammation

Photo Credit: CC0 Public Domain

from PHYS.ORG

Scientists have discovered that the same plant used by indigenous people on Borneo is also used by wild orangutans to treat joint and muscle inflammation.

Borneo Nature Foundation scientists have been observing wild Bornean orangutans in the Sabangau Forest (Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo) since 2003 and have collected over 20,000 hours of observational data.

During this time the use of the Dracaena cantleyi plant for self-medication by orangutans has only been observed on seven occasions. But, the team were fortunate to capture this rare behaviour on camera.

In the video, a female orangutan, called ‘Indy’, can be seen chewing the leaves to produce a white soapy lather. This lather was then rubbed onto the upper left arm for approximately 7 minutes and the leaves were never swallowed.

Borneo Nature Foundation collaborated with an international team of scientists to analyse the properties of the plant.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of PHYS.ORG and can be read in its entirety here.

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to help support the work of The Borneo Nature Foundation.

 

posted by: Juanita