BOSF releases orangutans to natural habitats
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) released six more orangutans to their natural habitats on Monday, bringing the total number of the critically endangered species released to 100 individual animals since 2012.
'We dedicated this activity to celebrate World Habitat Day, which falls every Oct.7,' said BOSF program manager Agus Irwanto on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
The six orangutans released were Acong, Agus, Inge, Mayang, Noel and Siwie.
The orangutans were flown from Balikpapan to Kehje Sewen Forest in Muara Wahau, East Kutai, at 11 a.m. local time, on Monday.
Earlier, BOSF staffers and officials brought the orangutans from Samboja Lestari, a conservation area located 50 kilometers away from the north of Balikpapan to Sepinggan airport, via land travel, which took around one-hour.
Kehje Sewen Forest is around 600 kilometers from the north of Balikpapan. From Balikpapan, it takes 60 minutes on a Grand Caravan-type Cessna aircraft to get to Muara Wahau airport in Miau.
From Muara Wahau airport, the orangutans were taken to Kehje Sewen via helicopter.
'Due to the long-distance travel and other arrangements, each release costs Rp 600 million (US$52,800),' said Agus.
Currently, more than 500 orangutans are being treated in Samboja Lestari. Of the total, 75 percent of them can be released to their natural habitats. (ebf)
You might also like :
- AccorHotels to operate 200 hotels in Indonesia by 2020
- Churchgoers perform service amid rally in Cikarang
- Hate speech clouds Indonesia's internet in 2016: Police
- Jakarta Police chief visits Santa Clara Church construction site
- More Cipinang inmates transferred to Nusakambangan
- The trouble with pedophiles in Indonesia
- Govt goes extra mile to accelerate land distribution
- Indonesia's Daud Yordan beats Thai boxer in 2nd round of non-title bout
- Indonesia ranks 7th in travel freedom among Southeast Asian countries
- Soccer fan brawl in Tangerang, one death