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Orangutan News: Sumatran Orangutan Rescued in Tripa Peat Swamps

Zaskia, shortly after rescue, is given a medical check

Zaskia, shortly after rescue, is given a medical check

An isolated young female Sumatran orangutan was rescued by a team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and the Aceh Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry, from a tiny fragment of forest surrounded by a palm oil plantation in the Tripa peat swamps, part of the world renowned Leuser Ecosystem in northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

The orangutan first had to be captured from the tree tops by the team, which included SOCP veterinarian drh Pandu Wibisono and SOCP Operations Manager Asril, using an anaesthetic dart fired from a specially designed rifle. After being successfully rescued, newly named Zaskia was found to be around 7 years old and weighing only around 20kg, a clear sign of her malnutrition due to having almost no natural food available.

As Asril commented, “Normally we don’t want to capture wild orangutans but in exceptional circumstances we feel we have no choice. In cases where we know the animal is going to die or be killed if we don’t get them, then of course we do our best to get them out of there and move them to somewhere safe.”

 Zaskia was then taken to the SOCP’s orangutan reintroduction center in Jantho, Aceh Besar, in a protected Nature Reserve with abundant natural food in the forest, where she will join over 90 other orangutans already released there.

Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of the SOCP commented, “Capturing free living wild orangutans goes against the logic of the conservation goals we are trying to achieve, to keep as many wild orangutans living free in their natural habitat as we possibly can. But in cases like Zaskia’s, where we know she will be killed we really have no choice but to try and help them. She is now joining the new population, she will probably live a long life in the wild there and hopefully she will produce several infants during her lifetime, making a major contribution to the new population being established in Jantho. Continue reading »

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Orangutan Caring Week Begins



The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to once again join a large group of committed conservationists to band together on behalf of our favorite great apes for Orangutan Caring Week 2016.

The annual, global event draws more attention to our forest friends and reminds us that while there has been progress in the battle to save orangutans, so much more must be done today, this week and in the future. 

We encourage all of our supporters to spread the word about orangutans and their rainforest homes.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #OrangutanCaringWeek when making your voice heard on social media too.

Tell us what you’re doing for Orangutan Caring Week on Facebook and we’ll send you a “Save the Orangutan” wristband to help spread the message of orangutan conservation. 

From the Orangutan Caring Week Home page:

This Year’s Theme is “Critically Endangered, Critically in Need.”

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently downgraded the status of the Bornean orangutan from “endangered” to “critically endangered” putting both orangutan species now only one step away from extinction.

The combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation, and illegal hunting have pushed both the Bornean and Sumatran orangutan toward an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Orangutan Caring Week is a perfect opportunity to spread awareness about the plight of orangutans and the urgent dangers facing their rainforest homes with the goal of motivating people to care – and to care enough to be moved to action! 

 If ever there was a time to care, that time is now!


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Orangutan News: Orangutan Shot With Air Rifle Rescued by OIC and SOCP

Tengku the orang-utan is fighting for his life after being struck by 60 air rifle pellets.Source:Supplied

Tengku the orang-utan is fighting for his life after being struck by 60 air rifle pellets.Source:Supplied

by Megan Palin for

The shocking discovery of a blind orangutan riddled with air rifle pellets and on the verge of death has highlighted the ongoing plight of the endangered species.

Tengku, an adult male orang-utan, is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit of a veterinary hospital after being rescued by workers from the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in Sumatra, Indonesia last Saturday. He is one of many orang-utans to have been injured, trafficked or killed by poachers in the region.

Workers from the OIC — a non profit organisation — and Gunung Leuser National Park found Tengku with a “prolapsed anus … most likely a result of being shot in that area by an air rifle” in the area of Batu Katak.

“The orangutan was roaming in plantation in Batu Katak village for weeks until our team discovered the orang-utan needing help,” a statement from the OIC read.

“As soon as we sedated the orang-utan safely, our team sent the orang-utan to Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) quarantine for further medical check and treatment.”

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

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to help support the work of OIC and SOCP.

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Orangutan News: What Humans Can Learn From Orangutans

Primatologist Leif Cocks with one of his orangutan charges. photo courtesy of The Orangutan Project

Primatologist Leif Cocks with one of his orangutan charges. photo courtesy of The Orangutan Project

By Sarah Macdonald for

There is no doubt there is a hierarchy of animals. We egocentric humans put ourselves on the top and assign creatures such as cockroaches and rats towards the bottom.

But for primatologist, zoologist and former zookeeper Leif Cocks, there is an animal that deserves the status of personhood.

In his new book, Orangutans: My Cousins, My Friends, the vegan, non-leather wearing founder of The Orangutan Project argues that these critically endangered great apes of Sumatra and Borneo are far more intelligent than we give them credit for and so must be given special recognition and priority.

His arguments are scientifically and emotionally compelling and his stories are hilarious and deeply moving; this man has looked deep into the eyes of many orangutans and seen a special wisdom he believes could help us become better people.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and can be read in its entirety here.

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