We are happy to update you that our friends at Sintang Orangutan Center have progressed through the construction of their new isolation/quarantine enclosure at the Jerora Forest School that we funded!
This new orangutan enclosure is incredibly important for both the quarantining of newly rescued orangutans and isolating orangutans that have fallen ill so that they do not transmit disease to the other orangutans. This is especially important with the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The isolation enclosure is 6 meters long, 3 meters wide, and 2.5 meters tall, and is divided into 3 separate cages. They also installed transparent acrylic panes for the orangutans can see the forest from the enclosure which will help alleviate any stress they may have in their new environment while protecting them and others from potential disease.
The construction of the isolation structure was divided into two processes. First, they had to make the cage compartment by having a welding workshop divide the cages into small parts that could be easily delivered to the Jerora Forest School. They were then able to construct the fences surrounding the isolation enclosure by creating the foundation to cement the iron frame.
The foundation construction began on July 28th, 2020 with the components being delivered from the welding workshop to the Jerora Forest School on August 24th, 2020. The cage assembly began on August 27th, 2020, and was completed in September 2020.
The roof and transparent acrylic pane construction was carried out from September 18th, 2020 and was completed on December 16th, 2020.
The Orangutan Conservancy was honored to be apart of the construction of this enclosure, and we hope to continue to support the Sintang Orangutan Center!
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