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In the past week, our Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU) has rescued three orangutans: a male from inside an oil palm plantation and a mother and baby from forest that was about to be cleared for oil palm. The male was found isolated on scrub land on an oil palm plantation in the Aceh Tamiang region. These three orangutans were released into the protected forest and quickly climbed a tree and swung off into the canopy.
On February 19, the HOCRU team evacuated a mother orangutan and her baby from a forest area that was about to be bulldozed. The mother was tranquilised with a dart and dropped from the treetops into a net, with her baby clinging to her side. Both orangutans were given a clean bill of health, and were transported in a cage, across deep water, to the safety of the Gunung Leuser National Park in Bakongan.
On January 20, another mother orangutan and her baby were rescued from a patch of forest that is surrounded by oil palm plantations in South Aceh, Indonesia. They were released into the Gunung Leuser National Park.
The primates were found isolated in Ujung Padang village on a two-hectare patch of forest that local farmers were about to clear for oil palm cultivation. Neither of them had any injuries, although the baby, a male aged about 6 months, was thought to be underweight.
On January 7, the HOCRU team rescued an adult male orangutan, estimated to be 30 years old, from a rubber plantation in Karang Jadi village, Langkat, North Sumatra.
The HOCRU team has already rescued eight orangutans this year.
The HOCRU team has rescued 61 orangutans since 2012. Thirty were released into the Gunung Leuser National Park, five into protected forest in Aceh province, five into the Jantho reintroduction programme in Aceh, two into the Bukit Tiga Puluh reintroduction programme in eastern Sumatra, and the remaining 15 are still being cared for in the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) quarantine centre in Batu Mbelin, North Sumatra.
Four of the orangutans died either in transit or soon afterwards. They had either sustained injuries from unknown assailants before they were rescued, or suffered from malnutrition and parasite infestations because they were held captive in atrocious conditions.
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