Orangutan News: Riau Police Foil Illegal Baby Orangutan Trade

photo courtesy of Antara/Regina Safri
photo courtesy of Antara/Regina Safri

Investigators at the criminal detective unit of the (Indonesian) Riau Police arrested three people on Saturday, foiling an illegal trade of endangered orangutans in Pekanbaru.

Riau police spokesman Adj. Sr. Cmr. Guntur Aryo Tejo said on Monday that police arrested three people from Aceh who were trying to sell three baby orangutans aged between 6 and 9 months.

Police received information from locals who reported that there was illegal trading of orangutans in the Palas area of Pekanbaru.

Guntur said after investigating, that police identified the sellers and arrested them on Saturday while they waited for buyers in their minibus.

Two of the suspects tried to flee but were later arrested after their car got into an accident.

Police found three baby orangutans in the car, in white plastic cages.

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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