Orangutan News: Orangutan Rescued Amid Sea Of Palm Oil

A large male Sumatran orangutan is seen in the canopy of the Leuser Ecosystem in the province of Aceh. Photo: Paul Hilton for OIC
A large male Sumatran orangutan is seen in the canopy of the Leuser Ecosystem in the province of Aceh. Photo: Paul Hilton for OIC

by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.com

Conservationists rescued another orangutan stranded in Sumatra by expanding oil palm plantations, spotlighting continued fragmentation and destruction of red ape habitat on the Indonesian island.

The rescue, which took place in early April, was conducted by the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in response to a report of an adult male orangutan isolated in an fragment forest surrounded by oil palm plantations. The orangutan was found to be in poor health, according to Krisna, OIC’s Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit field coordinator.

“Our vet checked his condition and after being trapped in such a small area of forest lacking food, he was found to be very underweight. He also had a bullet in his chest which we removed on the scene,” the conservationist said in a statement. “It’s clear that had we not been able to conduct the rescue, his future was to die starving here, or make a run for it where he could have been shot at and killed.”

This excerpt from a news article appeared on and is courtesy of Mongabay.com and can be read in its entirety here.

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