KLHK Released 26 Orangutans During 2020

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JAKARTA, CILACAP.INFO – The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has released as many as 26 orangutans in country during 2020 until now through voluntary collaboration with a number of foundations.

“In detail release was carried out by BOS Foundation of six orangutans, followed by 15 orangutans by International Orangutan Foundation and five orangutans carried out by YIARI,” LHK Minister Siti Nurbaya said in a joint meeting of House of Representatives Commission IV in Jakarta on Wednesday (8/7/2020.

In addition, She said, during 2020 or until June as many as six orangutans had been born with details of four orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, one in Lamandau High School and one in Gunung Palung National Park.

In addition, there were also rescue orangutans in various regions during 2020 and to date there have been 16 orangutans. The rescue was first carried out precisely on January 3 in Central Kalimantan and finally on June 15 in North Sumatra.

A total of 16 orangutans were rescued by eight Central Kalimantan BKSDA UPTs, North Sumatra BBKSDA three orangutans, East Kalimantan BKSDA two orangutans and three orangutans by BTN Tanjung Puting.

“In addition to orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and dragons need to be considered.” She said.

Related to this, She said that during 2020 rescue of Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Elephant was also carried out. Until now, seven rescues have been recorded for Sumatran Tiger, which includes KSDA centers in South Sumatra, Aceh, Riau and West Sumatra.

While for Sumatran Elephant, there were four rescues, namely two in Riau in January and two in Aceh in February 2020. The rescue included medical treatment for treatment of snares, providing vitamins and releasing them while remaining under supervision of respective BKSDA.

SHe added that for distribution of Sumatran Elephant conflict specifically in Lampung, two GPS Collars were now attached to elephants so that they could be detected when animal moved anywhere.

In essence a similar system, he said, was also applied to Ujung Kulon Rhinoceros by installing camera traps which could be inspected once every 12 days. “So actually every step of rescue has been done but it still needs to be intensified.” She said.

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