Orangutan News: Orangutans Released Back into the Wild in Borneo

Orangutan released back into the wild at Kehje Sewen forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, photo from AP Video, AP
Orangutan released back into the wild at Kehje Sewen forest in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, photo from AP Video, AP

from CBS News

Jamur didn’t hesitate as the door of her temporary cramped quarters slid open. In less than a second, the stocky red-haired orangutan was savoring freedom for the first time in nearly two decades.

Her 10-year-old daughter J-lo would join her, along with three more of the endangered great apes.

The long-limbed hirsute primates were the ninth set of Bornean orangutans to be released into natural habitat by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation after years-long rehabilitation from trauma often inflicted by people.

Taken from their sanctuary, Samboja Lestari, to an even remoter spot on the island of Borneo, a journey by road, boat and foot that takes nearly 24 hours, the orangutans bolted from their holding boxes and scaled the nearest trees with astonishing speed and agility.

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

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