Our team always put the strongest commitment to protect wildlife and their forest homes in Sumatra, not just orangutan only. As we believe, protecting orangutan is also about conserving their forest homes and any wildlife that shares the same habitat. Last week (Wednesday, 07/10/20), our HOCRU team worked together with @Bksda.aceh, Subbusalam police, and @wcs.id, to evacuate a female Siamang (Symphalangus Syndactylus) from Tangga Besi village, Simpang Kiri sub-district, Subussalam city of Aceh province. This siamang was found to be roaming among local residences for weeks. However, the local residents refused the idea of translocating this siamang as they claimed to have no problem with it as well as considered its existence as entertaining.
Like the classic tale of habituated wildlife that has changed its behavior and depending on humans for food, this siamang started to be a disturbance to the local people. Some information was received that this siamang started to steal food from small warung (shop). Seeing this unavoidable cases can lead to serious conflict in the future, our team worked together with related stakeholders to evacuate this siamang. With the tranquilization process, this female Siamang that later named Elsa was evacuated safely. From her general health check, Elsa is estimated about 10 years old with a good health condition as well. Elsa is now in the safe hands and will be brought to Banda Aceh to be rehabilitated and released back to the wild one day.
“As one of the close partners to support the government, our team can’t just sit around of seeing anyone that needs our support. We will help other wildlife as best as we can so they can roam free back into the wild. On many occasions, our HOCRU team is actively participated to mitigate wildlife conflicts such as elephants, sun bears, slow lorises, eagles, and gibbons” said Jenny, the program manager of HOCRU team.
Our team never hesitate to hit the road anytime to help any wildlife in need, not only orangutan. But our HOCRU team needs your help to be able to ease their movement to save more wildlife in the need by purchasing a new truck for our team. Kindly please donate by this link if you can! Keep supporting us, #orangutansguardian.