MONITORING OF EVEN MORE ORANGUTANS WITH THE HELP OF SATELLITE CAMPS
The reintroduction of orangutans into the protected forest of Jantho is very successful. The orangutans that were previously held captive are settling so well into their new home, the rainforest, that they move to areas increasingly further away from the reintroduction station. In order to be able to monitor the orangutans even in remote locations and to research their behaviour there, so-called satellite camps are planned.
The Sumatra Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) team releases 10-20 orangutans per year into the Jantho protected forest. Many of them remain near the reintroduction station where the monitoring team has no problem observing them. More and more animals, however, cover greater distances and settle deep in the rainforest, many kilometers away from the reintroduction station. It is extremely important to collect research information on these orangutans as well. Hence, a lot of thought went into ideas on how to observe these orangutans as well.
The research on orangutans and on biodiversity forms the basis of a successful reintroduction of the orangutans into their natural habitat. Monitoring the released orangutans is essential in order to be able to understand how the animals cope in their new habitat. The collected information makes it possible for the SOCP team to continously improve the way in which they release the animals into the wild. In the future, the planned satellite camps are supposed to enable the team to also monitor the orangutans that have moved far away from the reintroduction station. In order to comply with the strict regulations regarding the Jantho national park, the camps are planned to be small and easily deconstructable. The SOCP team is in the middle of the detailed planning process. As soon as we have received enough donations the first camp will be set up.