This year, five orangutans have already been rescued and taken to the rescue and rehabilitation station: Ibin, Ubin, Rambo, Tesy and Samura. What are their stories? And how are they doing today?
On January 17, two orangutans were brought to us, who had already lived through an eventful history. They were confiscated on Sumatra’s neighboring island of Java and freed from the clutches of illegal traders. After the flight, they spent several months in quarantine before they were taken to the rescue and rehabilitation station. The younger animal, Ibin, is very communicative and active. He also seems used to have contacts with humans. However the older orangutan, Ubin, acts quite wild and he does not seem to like humans very much. Both are in good health. Rambo, a three-year-old orangutan female, also fell victim to illegal trading. She was offered for sale in a small wooden box. Surprised of his purchase, the buyer himself reported to the authorities and made the rescue of Rambo possible.
Not only trading, but also keeping orangutans as pets is prohibited in Sumatra. That is why Tesy was brought to the station at the beginning of the year; an approximately one year-old orangutan female, who was kept in chain. Her health is all right. She is a wild animal and is wary around humans.
A third common reason why orangutans arrive at our station, is that they end up in plantations where they search for food. If they are lucky they do not get shot at but are rescued. This happened with Samura, a 40 year old orangutan lady. As is often the case, she was anything but stable. She was weak, emaciated, and injured.
We will do our best so that all five newcomers can recover well, in order for them to be released into a protected rainforest.