OC Wraps-Up Visit to Indonesian Orangutan Projects

photo by Tom for the Orangutan Conservancy
photo by Tom for the Orangutan Conservancy

It’s been a busy two weeks for OC as we’re just wrapping up our visit to several projects that we help to support in Indonesia.  We’ll be reporting in-depth on all of them soon, and there’s plenty of video coming, but for now have a look at this little one who is currently a resident of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) where we just visited yesterday.

No doubt this curious youngster is in great care at the sprawling quarantine center and will one day be released back into the wild.

For those orangutans that are too injured or ill to ever be released again, there is also SOCP’s Orangutan Haven which we saw before visiting the rehabilitation center.  Orangutan Haven is a pristine former rice patty that over the next several years will be transformed into a semi-wild home for those orangutans that need some extra help.

Before we had that Sumatran adventure we spent an exciting three days in the Sabangau Forest in Borneo watching wild orangutans and seeing the work of the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop).  This impressive rainforest facility is working on all biodiversity fronts at the same time and OC is thrilled to help them in their work.

The journey began in Jakarta as it always must when visiting Indonesia where we boarded a domestic flight for Yogyakarta for the 7th annual OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop.  Over 50 veterinarians, healthcare workers and facility center managers attended this year and the once-a-year gathering is growing in ways our organization couldn’t have imagined when it first started in 2009.

Tom

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