OC Awards Emergency COVID-19 Grant to SOC

The Orangutan Conservancy is pleased to announce the approval of a substantial grant to Sintang Orangtuan Center in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Sintang Orangutan Center (SOC) is a mighty rehabilitation and care center located in West Kalimantan, an Indonesia province on the island of Borneo. They are a leading force in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild orangutans. They are also dedicated to the education of the local community, in an effort to end deforestation, hunting, and the orangutan pet trade in the area.

This grant will be used for the construction of special quarantine enclosures for new and incoming orangutans. The threat of COVID-19 has made it extremely important to ensure the health of each and every orangutan progressing through the rehabilitation program.

Currently, the isolation cages are located at SOC’s main campus which is located near encroaching human activity and settlements. Their proposal provides a plan to move, rebuild, and enhance the quarantine cages in their sister facility, the Jerora Forest School.

Pictured below are the plans to move and rebuild the quarantine cages to the Jerora Forest School.

Credit: Sintang Orangutan Center

Even though research has not definitively concluded that orangutans can experience and carry COVID-19 in the same way as humans, these new quarantine enclosures will help prevent any type of future outbreak. Additionally, the new quarantine structure will allow all new and incoming orangutans to properly acclimate to their temporary home while reducing the chances of affecting resident oranutans’ health.

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