PRESS RELEASE: SUCCESSFUL RESCUE ILLEGAL ‘PET’ ORPHAN ORANGUTAN SAVED IN SUMATRA

PRESS RELEASE: SUCCESSFUL RESCUE ILLEGAL ‘PET’ ORPHAN ORANGUTAN SAVED IN SUMATRA

A 2 year old, orphaned orangutan named Rahul was confiscated from a small village on the edge of the Tripa peat forest, 20 April 2012. This is the second rescue this week highlighting the need for urgent action to prevent local extinction. The confiscation team and police arrived at the scene at 10:45am today and identified the young orangutan immediately, tied to a small shop. Specialist orangutan veterinarian drh Yenny Saraswati of the SOCP promptly conducted a health inspection of the young orangutan. The condition of this young male is not good, he is suffering from malnutrition, his skin is bad, and he has a wound from where he has been tied with a rope. We will provide medical treatment, monitor his condition, then release him in a healthy forest. Photo: Paul Hilton/SOCP/YEL(HAND OUT IMAGE ONLY, EDITORIAL USE ONLY)

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20/04/2012

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Confiscation of illegally held orphan Sumatran Orangutan

SUCCESSFUL RESCUE

ILLEGAL ‘PET’ ORPHAN ORANGUTAN SAVED IN SUMATRA

NEAR TRIPA PEAT SWAMP FORESTS

[Aceh Province – Sumatra – Indonesia]

Today an Orangutan confiscation team comprising staff and a veterinarian from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP: PanEco Foundation and Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari) local armed police, and field staff from BKSDA Aceh (the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s nature conservation agency in Aceh) successfully confiscated a 2 year old orphan Sumatran orangutan from a location where it is was being detained illegally as a pet in a rural village in Aceh Barat Daya District, close to the Tripa peat swamp forests in Aceh Province, Indonesia.  (full release attached)

For further comment or information please contact:

Dr Ian Singleton

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program

+628 1156 0491

Email: mokko123@gmail.com

FULL Press statement SOCP

A baby orangutan was captured from an oil palm concession operating in protected Leuser Ecosystem, the orangutan was illegally kept as a pet and confiscated by the team from YEL, SOCP, BKSDA and Police force on April 20, 2012 in Babahrot sub-district, Tripa. The location of the confiscation borders the protected Leuser Ecosystem.

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About iansingletonsocp

Orangutan conservationist, former zookeeper and field researcher.

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