Orangutan News: Five Orangutans Released Into Kehje Sewen Forest

An orangutan rehabilitated at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) Samboja Lestari conservation facility, returns to its natural habitat. (JP/N. Adri)

by N. Adri for The Jakarta Post

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) on Monday released five more orangutans into Kehje Sewen forest in East Kutai regency, East Kalimantan, adding the number of orangutans brought into the forest to 80 individual animals. This is the 14th release of the protected species since the group started the initiative in 2012.

“The release of the five orangutans is also part of a celebration of the first World Wildlife Conservation Day,” said BOSF executive director Jamartin Sihite on Monday.

He said Monday’s release would be the last release for 2017.

It was not by coincidence that one of the orangutans released by BOSF included a six-year old male orangutan named Santa. He was rescued from captivity in Muara Wahau, around two hours drive from Kehje Sewen, in 2014. At that time, Santa still showed signs of the wild behavior needed for his release.

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

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