OF-Vet-Team-cOF-web2013 has been an incredible year for the Orangutan Foundation, one of Action for the Wild’s supported projects since 2010. Throughout 2013:

  • They have translocated and rescued 10 orangutans. All of these individuals came from either oil palm plantations or local villages.
  • Continued with their ongoing reintroduction programme, which supports six release camps in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

  • Six of their female orangutans gave birth to new offspring, joining five youngsters who are seen regularly and are being well looked after by their mothers. The fact that the ex-captive orangutans are giving birth is a sign that the released orangutans not only survive in the wild but are able to reproduce.

  • Importantly, they held a workshop on human-orangutan conflict mitigation, where 21 oil palm companies committed to a communication forum and signed up to protect orangutans in concession areas. It is positive that oil palm companies have held their own workshops and that the Foundation was asked to give several presentations.

  • They have continued conservation through community education and outreach with their partner Yayorin.

  • They have conducted recent research from Pondok Ambung including a survey of fish biodiversity in the Sekonyer River, mating habits of the proboscis monkeys and butterfly biodiversity.

  • They have continued with the ongoing protection of Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve through the manning of six guard posts.

Action for the Wild is proud to be supporting this project, whereby our funds have gone towards the vet’s annual salary and helped support the costs associated with translocations such as, transport fuel, medication and food.

Picture of Amoy and her infant Alex © Orangutan Foundation

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