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Endangered Tapanuli orangutan found malnourished, injured out of habitat near Batang Toru

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan/Jakarta   /   Sun, September 22, 2019   /  01:30 pm
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Personnel from the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA North Sumatra) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) find a critically injured and malnourished male Tapanuli orangutan in Sipirok district in Batang Toru ecosystem in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, on Sept. 19, 2019.(Courtesy of OIC/-)

A Tapanuli orangutan was found wounded and malnourished on a plantation near the Batang Toru ecosystem in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra, on Thursday, marking what local authorities claim is the first indication of conflict between humans and the newly discovered species in the area. The North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA North Sumatra) and the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) discovered the injured male orangutan, believed to be about 30 years old, with wounds to the face and back on a plantation in Aek Batang Paya village, Sipirok subdistrict. “The Tapanuli orangutan found with wounds and malnourishment was the first case we have handled since the species was first discovered by scientists two years ago,” BKSDA head Hotmauli Sianturi told The Jakarta Post on Friday. Hotmauli said the orangutan was in a critical condition after sustaining in...