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Orangutan News: Indonesian Authorities Uncover Online Orangutan Trade

An orangutan at a rescue center – not associated with story below PHOTO: AFP

PONTIANAK/JAKARTA (JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Wildlife traffickers in Indonesia are taking their illicit business to social media such as Facebook and Instagram, with the latest case coming to light this week.

On Monday (Aug 21), West Kalimantan forest rangers and police arrested a suspect, identified only as Tar, on suspicion of selling two baby orangutans on Instagram.

The 19-year-old suspect was arrested at his house in a neighborhood in West Kalimantan, where two orangutans were found in a basket in the garage. The investigation into Tar, who had offered to sell a 10-month-old female and a one-year-old male orangutan on his Instagram account, began after the police received a tip-off about the Instagram post.

During investigations, Tar told police that he had long been selling various endangered animals, such as orangutans and the Kalimantan grey gibbon on online platforms or face-to-face transactions.

Tar added that he had obtained the baby orangutans from a “supplier” in Sintang regency, which borders Malaysia, before trying to sell each infant orangutan for Rp 3.5 million (US$262).

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of The Straits Times and can be viewed in its entirety here.

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Orangutan Conservancy Helps Borneo Nature Foundation Acquire Two Grants For Projects

Forest patrol teams at BNF’s OuTrop project at work putting out fires.

The Orangutan Conservancy (OC) is pleased to announce that we’ve just assisted the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) in acquiring two significant grants that will go toward supporting dual efforts being managed by the Indonesian-based conservation operation.

The Los Angeles Zoo has given grant funding to OC for BNF to continue their much-needed forest patrol teams to protect the Sabangau Forest area in and around their OuTrop research site. Left unattended, the vast area – home to many orangutans and other species – would certainly fall prey to illegal logging, palm oil growers, peatland drainage and fires and hunting as well. The Sabangau Community Team/CIMTROP patrol units cover a lot of land with just a handful of dedicated people, and they have proven to be a great deterrent to anyone who might be trying to exploit the threatened peat forest for negative reasons.

Within a few weeks of receiving that grant, OC also got some great news from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation that they would be providing a grant to BNF for an entirely new effort to be managed by the team. BNF has recently taken over management of a second research site in the Barito Ulu area of Central Kalimantan where they will be rebuilding and reestablishing the defunct Rekut Research Station. This vulnerable area is home to a significant primate population, and having the riverside research operation fully operational again will mean the rainforest and the animals there can thrive well into the future.

OC would like to thank both the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo for their generosity in bolstering the projects that we partner with in Indonesia.

The Barito Ulu Rekut site on the Busang River in central Kalimantan

If you would like to help us with these and other Bornean and Sumatran orangutan programs please visit our how to help page.

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International Orangutan Day Approaches

August 19th marks International Orangutan Day. What will you be doing on this day to help this iconic species?

Learn about some ways to help join the fight to give orangutans a fighting chance for survival on our how to help page.

The Orangutan Conservancy needs you with us every day to make a difference and the 19th is a great day to have an impact.

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Orangutan News: Report Bleak For The Bornean Orangutan

An aerial view of a patchwork of forests inter-spaced in an oil palm-dominated landscape in Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah.

from Borneo Today

The future is bleak for the Bornean orangutan, which last year moved to IUCN’s Critically Endangered category with numbers dropping from 4,000 individuals in the 1960s to 1,125 in 2001 to less than 800 today in the Lower Kinabatangan. A study published this month in Scientific Reports indicates Sabah’s overall orangutan population has dropped by 20 per cent since the last comprehensive survey in the early 2000s, which had placed their number at 11,000 individuals.

Dr Marc Ancrenaz, Borneo Futures co-founder, said habitat fragmentation in Lower Kinabatangan remains a major issue with 11,000 hectares of forests outside protected areas lost in under a decade up to 2014, and over 20,000 hectares on alienated and state lands at risk of being converted for agriculture, primarily oil palm, further fragmenting the orangutan population and accelerating its decline.

Elaborating the value of forests outside of protected areas for biodiversity, Ancrenaz said a habitat suitability model developed for 13 mammal species in the Lower Kinabatangan revealed that 91 per cent of these non-protected forests were a good home for orangutan.

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

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