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Conservation News Update: Ministry On The Defensive After Scathing Deforestation Report

The government says that a global risk analysis and mapping company has compiled a “misleading” report claiming that the rate of deforestation in Indonesia was one of the worst in the world. “The study is misleading if it is used to picture Indonesia’s current deforestation rate because Indonesia has been implementing a two-year moratorium on issuing new licenses to clear …

From the Forest: Jantho, Aceh Besar, Sumatra 2011

                        Dr. Singleton comforts Kis kis prior to the orangutan’s release into the wild From the Forest is a new feature on the Orangutan Conservancy website written by those on the front lines of orangutan conservation and research. This month’s column comes from Dr. Ian Singleton of the PanEco Foundation: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. OC helps to support Dr. Singleton’s …

Orangutan News Update: Indonesian Police Finally Act in Alleged Orangutan Torture, Killing Cases

Indonesian police have questioned a researcher who uncovered the alleged torture and killing of orangutans in a palm oil plantation area in East Kalimantan. Yaya Rayadin, a researcher from state-owned Mulawarman University in Samarinda, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday that the questioning took place at Kutai Kartanegara Police headquarters on Monday. “They asked me about the bones of an …

Orangutan News Update: Endangered Orangutans Return Home To Sumatra

Two orangutans, who started their life in the wilds of Borneo, but ended up as pets in Sumatra have returned home. Kevin and Bobby, are male Bornean orangutans. Their mothers were almost certainly killed at the time of their capture in Borneo (likely while their habitat was being clear-felled) and their previous “owners” obtained them in Borneo before returning home …