Orangutan News: Six Orangutans Flown Back to Their Habitat in Kalimantan

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is facilitating the return of six orangutans to their natural habitat. Photo courtesy of Tempo
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is facilitating the return of six orangutans to their natural habitat. Photo courtesy of Tempo

N. Adri for the Jakarta Post

Six orangutans were flown from Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang to Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday, from where they will be transported to Nyaru Menteng in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, via trucks.

“They were returned from Thailand. We will bring them to Nyaru Menteng, because based on DNA examinations, they are Central Kalimantan orangutans or Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii,” said Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) CEO Jamartin Sihite on Wednesday.

The return of the six orangutans to Central Kalimantan is part of government efforts since September 2015 to repatriate the mammals. Overall, the government has returned 16 orangutans smuggled abroad to Indonesia.

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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