Orangutan News: Thailand to Return 14 Orangutans to Indonesia

A young orangutan clings to a parent at the Khao Pra Thab Chang wildlife breeding centre in Ratchaburi province. One of 13 orangutans impounded in 2010 gave birth to a baby while at the centre. Saichon... photo courtesy of Bangkok Post
A young orangutan clings to a parent at the Khao Pra Thab Chang wildlife breeding centre in Ratchaburi province. One of 13 orangutans impounded in 2010 gave birth to a baby while at the centre. photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

by Apinya Wipatayotin for the Bangkok Post

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will return 14 orangutans to Indonesia next month.

The primates have been under the care of the department for five years since they were discovered in Phuket.

Department deputy chief Adisorn Noochdumrong said the Indonesian government submitted a letter requesting the return of the animals.

Indonesia has agreed to pay the transportation costs. A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft will fly to Thailand to pick up the orangutans on Sept 7.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) regulations, countries which take care of protected animals on Cites’s protected list have the right to demand compensation from the animals’ country of origin to cover the cost of feeding them.

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

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