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

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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.


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Orangutan News: Dedicated SOCP Rescuers Help Save Orangutan With Surgery Team at OIC

The teams at SOCP and OIC performing surgery on Asha

Some great news to start the new year!  The teams at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) have once again combined their energies to save yet another orangutan – this one through a rescue effort and emergency surgery.

from One Green Planet

An orangutan named Asha was recently taken in by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in dire condition. She suffered from serious fractures and required urgent medical help to save her life. Luckily, the orangutan underwent bone surgery in Batu Mbelin, North Sumatra – and now, thanks to the intervention and the intensive care she received, she is beginning her healing process.

Asha’s injuries included a serious fracture on her right arm and on her left wrist.  Her surgery was a very long and challenging one – it took six hours and required a team of highly skilled professionals.

Fortunately, the operation was fully successful – and now, Asha and her caretakers are hoping for a full recovery!

Asha on the road to full recovery

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of One Green Planet and can be viewed in its entirety here.

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

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Happy Holidays From The Orangutan Conservancy

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Orangutan News: Orangutan Haven Being Developed in Sibolangit

Leuser will be one of the first residents of Orangutan Haven.

by Apriadi Gunawan for The Jakarta Post

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is working hard to build an “Orangutan Haven” in North Sumatra to accommodate disabled orangutans and orangutans that cannot be released to their natural habitat.

Beginning construction four years ago with a US$2 million budget, the 48-hectare facility in Sibolangit, Deli Serdang regency, is expected to be ready by early 2019 to give long-term protection and provide improved living conditions for the disabled and unreleasable arboreal mammals.

“We have so far spent $1.2 million to develop this Orangutan Haven, including for acquiring the 48 hectares of land,” SOCP director Ian Singleton told the Jakarta Post on Monday.

Five  orangutans,  including  a female, will be placed in the facility, which will be open for  public visits. The five are: Leuser, 18, Lewis, 19, Krismon, 18, Fazrin, 17, and Dek Nong, 16. All
are currently placed in the SOCP’s quarantine center in Sibolangit.

“All  five  will  be  placed  in  the Orangutan Haven by the end of 2018,” Singleton said.

The five,  Singleton  added, could  not  be  released to their natural habitat as they no longer have the ability to survive  in the wild, posing a risk to themselves as well as other populations.

“Of the 360 orangutan individuals we quarantined in the last 17 years, only five cannot be released to their natural habitat,” said Singleton.

To date, more than 270 orangutans have been released into different rainforests in Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Jambi and the Jantho area in Aceh.

Nine artificial islands measuring between 600 and 800 square meters are being prepared by the SOCP in the Orangutan Haven, which, according to Singleton, is the first such facility in the world.

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of The Jakarta Post.

The Orangutan Conservancy was one of the first organizations to support Orangutan Haven, and we continue to do so as this important project moves closer to completion.  To see more about Orangutan Haven click on our film “Toward Tomorrow With the Orangutan Conservancy” above.


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