7th OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Begins

OC OVAG 2015 LOGOby Raffaella Commitante for the Orangutan Conservancy

Well, it is that time of the year again! Time for our 7th Annual Orangutan Conservancy/Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Workshop!

This year we have over 50 people attending from Indonesia, Malaysia, the U.K., the U.S., and Germany. We are also inviting managers for a short two day seminar of their own this year in addition to orangutan center veterinarians. We will also have some zoo vets join us from Indonesia as well as from the U.S. and the U.K.

This year’s workshop not only will we focus on orangutan health and well-being, but we are also making preparations to begin some education backed short courses for wildlife vets – our hopes being that we can begin the initiation of a Wildlife Veterinary or Conservation Medicine Master’s program in Indonesia – the first.  We will also be focusing on formally evaluating our program for effectiveness to make sure we are doing what we set out to do.

Stayed tuned, more will be coming as the workshop progresses. Right now we are in the planning stages with all of the pre-prep being organized by an Indonesian Vet Committee and for the first time they are organizing it on their own – it is after all their workshop.

Updates from the vet workshop will begin on August 2nd on our Facebook page.

 

posted by: Tom

 

OC/OVAG Pre-Workshop Update

a_002by Raffaella Commitante

Hello OC/OVAG fans!

Well, Citra and I are in Jogjakarta with Siska and conducting our pre-workshop preparations. The rainy season has begun in Borneo (where I was recently), but here in Jogja it is pleasantly sunny and dry. Today will be a shopping day for items needed to conduct our biggest meeting thus far. Luckily, having a permanent home in Jogja allows us to store items bought last year so we do not have to purchase some things again.

We have had some great news. The Indonesian Veterinary Association (IVMA) has given OC/OVAG a great honor!!! All participants get 7.5 education pts to add to their Veterinary degrees. Those vets that will present and/or facilitate sessions will earn 8.5. This is huge as it means we are accepted by a government body.

Above is a picture of this year’s organizing committee which has brought this about (we began working on this recognition for two years) with our mascot Gavo. You can follow Gavo on his own Instagram account.

posted by: Tom

 

Orangutan News: Orangutan Finds Home in Protected Forest

Kindly treated: Volunteers from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation check on an orangutan, after immobilizing it with a tranquilizer dart, in Nehas Liah Bing village, Muara Wahau district, East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan. The orangutan was later relocated to the Wehea protected forest on Friday.(Courtesy of Chris Ringgi)

Kindly treated: Volunteers from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation check on an orangutan, after immobilizing it with a tranquilizer dart, in Nehas Liah Bing village, Muara Wahau district, East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan. The orangutan was later relocated to the Wehea protected forest on Friday.(Courtesy of Chris Ringgi)

by N. Adri for The Jakarta Post

An orangutan recently trapped on a oil palm farm in Nehas Liah Bing village in Muara Wahau district, East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan, around 500 kilometers north of Balikpapan, was relocated to the Wehea protected forest on Friday.

Members of a team from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) left their facility in Samboja, located 60 km north of Balikpapan, to go to the location specifically to relocate the orangutan.

“As the Wehea protected forest is located only around 70 km from here, we will relocate the orangutan there,” said Yatim, a Petkueq Mehuey staff member and Wehea protected forest keeper.

The orangutan was found sleeping in a durian tree on a farm owned by Jum Lehat. It was eventually lured to climb down from the tree and was paralyzed with a tranquilizer dart.

After a thorough examination by the BOSF team, the orangutan was placed in a cage and the team immediately left for the protected forest.

This excerpt from a news story appeared in and is courtesy of The Jakarta Post.  To read the full article click here.

posted by: Tom

 

OC Featured Project: The Orangutan Kutai Project in Borneo

Putri, Pur and a new baby are an orangutan family that the researchers at OKP follow

Putri, Pur and a new baby are an orangutan family that the researchers at OKP follow

Every so often the Orangutan Conservancy likes to feature one of the projects that we help to support right here on our landing page.

This month we shine the light on the long-running Orangutan Kutai Project.

The Orangutan Kutai Project began in 2009 as a long-term science-for-conservation project on orangutans in Kutai National Park, E Kalimantan, Indonesia.  

Founder, Dr. Anne Russon, an OC Board member, designed it around a multi-year knowledge-building core with two linked goals: adding to scientific knowledge of orangutans in Kutai National Park, the only remaining large population in E Kalimantan of the endangered East Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus morio, and to enhance the effectiveness of morio conservation efforts in and around the park.

Read more here.

posted by: Tom