Releasing Pet Orangutans From Bondage

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Since writing last, we have been on a whirlwind trip around central Borneo. I am continually
amazed at how dedicated and skilled the BOS rescue team is and feel so privileged to see first
hand all that they do here on a daily basis. In one of my first posts I mentioned arriving at
the rescue center in Nyaru Menteng for my first meeting with Pak Hardi to discuss our itinerary
for our visit. At this point, I can’t even remember what that itinerary was!

Since arriving, the BOS rescue center has been inundated with phone calls; orangutans in the
palm oil plantations that may need rescuing, a juvenile orangutan in a local village that needs
to be confiscatedp; in addition to the orangutans that need to be relocated from burning
forests to designated release areas. Given their dedication, the rescue team will drop
everything to get there and help. Additionally, they have developed an education program that
allows them to leave informative materials with individuals that capture orangutans, whatever
the reason maybe.

Yesterday, midway between the release camp and the rehab center, we arrived at a house where a
juvenile orangutan was being kept as a pet. There was an audience of maybe 30 children when we
arrived, in addition to many adults. When the rescue team arrived, it was obvious that most
everyone innocently didn’t realize that keeping an orangutan as a pet was dangerous, illegal,
or compromising the health of the animal. With help from the local government and while
providing educational materials (posters, stickers, t-shirts, etc.), the juvenile orangutan was
released into safe hands. The only challenge that remained was the rocky 6 hour car ride back
to the rescue center!

We are now 10 days into our trip here and have yet to see a good 20 minutes of sunshine. It’s
unbelievable. I text messaged a friend of mine in Medan, Indonesia (Sumatra island) this
afternoon and she said the same, the smoke is becoming unbearable. For about 5 minutes today we
thought it would rain, but smoke soon followed. And with every trip we take we pass more and
more fires.

Comments: 6

8 years ago

i love orangutans soo much. they are my favorite animal in the whole world. i am very consened with the conservation of their habitat it is very important to me to help protect these magnificent creeters. when i get older i am planning on opening a sancuary for these animals to live in safty with out being threatend by loggers and others dangers. if you want to help the orangutangs go to and become a memberor donate and become a foster parent for a baby orangutan. plz help these magnifecint creatuers.

10 years ago

Can I have an
orangutan in Boise, ID for
a pet????????????

10 years ago

I want a pet arangutan

10 years ago

Thanks so much Fenn for being so dedicated and wanting to help! We need young people like you to believe in the work IFAW does, and to be the future voice to protect animals. There are always ways for you to help. For example, support local animal welfare legislation to protect companion animals, wild animals and farm animals in your area. The more voices the better!

10 years ago

What an inspiring post, makes hope for the future seem more real. Well done Fenn, the animals we share the world with have a future with young people like you in it.

10 years ago

I'm only 11 years old and I'm so sad at the fact of what people are doing to these little peoples homes. I really wan to grow up and be a animal rescuer but I feel in 10 years it will be too late I really really want to help and i love all animals espically Orangutangs. If theres anything i can do to help contact me please. I know I'm just 11 but I'm very serious about animals espically wild ones. And I'm very dedicated to anything I do. Plus I'm very macure for my age. I love doing reseach on wild animals but it breaks my heart reading about them being endangered. So please contact me.

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