«BUSY SEASON» IN THE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION STATION
Since last December, eight orangutans, some of them very young, have been brought to the rehabilitation station of our orangutan conservation programme. We present the new arrivals.
Eight new orangutans in the rescue and rehabilitation station within a few weeks – that is quite extraordinary. Last year, an average of 2.2 orangutans per month were brought into the station. It is not possible to say exactly why there was an accumulation of arrivals in December and January in particular. It is notable that the new patients are rather young. Some of them are even frighteningly small. This seems to confirm a trend that we have been observing for several months now: More and more very young patients are coming into the station. One reason for this may be that illegally held young animals are reported more quickly than before. The population is therefore more aware that the keeping of orangutans is prohibited and must be reported. We can probably consider this a success of our awareness-raising work. Additionally, the state supervisory authority in Sumatra is functioning better and better.
The young animals will be with us for about six years on average until they are resettled in one of our reintroduction stations. The young orangutans place great demands on the carers of the sanctuary. Similar to human babies, the little ones are dependent on close 24-hour care. Upbringing is a difficult matter. In spite of the close proximity that this care provides, the carers must always bear in mind that orangutans are wild animals and will return to the rainforest as such. Nevertheless, they should be given sufficient warmth and closeness to allow them a healthy psychological development.
December and January’s new additions: