BEING A SUBSTITUTE MOTHER FOR INOX
Sometimes a mother isn’t capable of caring for her little one. All the better when someone notices and takes action. This is the story of the infant male orangutan named ‘Inox’. He’s been in our quarantine and rehabilitation centre on Sumatra since the beginning of July.
On the 3rd of July Inox was brought from the reintroduction centre in Jambi to our orangutan quarantine and rehabilitation centre near Medan, in North Sumatra. He was only a few days old at the time and already in need of our help. He’s the offspring of a female orangutan already released to the wild in Jambi. The team in Jambi noticed immediately after his birth that the mother wasn’t taking care for her offspring. She wasn’t carrying him properly and he wasn’t able to get any milk. So they intervened, and brought the little orangutan to Medan, thereby almost certainly saving his life. At his new home he will be carefully raised and encouraged to learn everything necessary for him to eventually be able to survive as a wild orangutan in the rainforest. In a few years, he will be taken back to his birthplace, where a life of freedom and safety awaits him in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. With a little luck, he may even bump into his mother again one day.
The orangutan reintroduction station in Jambi is situated in central Sumatra. Injured or distressed orangutans found on Sumatra are brought to our quarantine and rehabilitation centre further North. There, they are cared for and prepared for a new life in the wild. Since 2003 many of these orangutans have been released to the wild in Jambi, in total 179 in the end of 2019. We have also released another 125 in the forests of the Jantho Pine Forest Nature Reserve in Aceh province since we established a second reintroduction centre there in 2011. In both locations we are gradually establishing entirely new, genetically viable and self-sustaining wild orangutan populations, dramatically boosting the survival prospects of the species in the future.
The Frankfurt Zoological Society FZS manages the reintroduction station in Jambi and runs a Landscape Protection Program to protect the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, a unique and highly diverse lowland ecosystem. FZS and PanEco have a long running partnership to conserve orangutans and their habitat in Sumatra.