THE ORANGUFRIENDS OF BERAU  STOP BY AT SMAN 2

How are the orangutan populations stated to be critically vulnerable to extinction? Through education to schools and communities, orangufriends share their knowledges as well as finding out what these high schools students think. Approximately, 100 students of XI IPA SMAN 2 Berau, East Kalimantan, came together after the second breaktime.

Ipeh, Yanti, dan Aldo were the three orangufriends who engaged the students to think creatively. The discussions, which started from about the presence of orangutans around them to orangutans that they saw on the road around Muara Wahau, were coming to a conclusion that is how close the kinship of humans and the one and only living great apes on this Asia continent are.

Orangutans and humans share 97% of their DNA. The orangutan at the roadside definitely learns how difficult it is to find foods in a damaged habitat. Easier to find at the roadside, begging and getting food thrown by humans. The students concerned not only about orangutan habitats that are being degraded by plantations and mining, but they were also asking about the fate of orangutans in the Safari park and Zoos.

“The enthusiasm of students and the Orangufriends of Berau today have made us racing against the time to save orangutans from extinction. Thank you, SMAN 2, see you some other time!”. (SAR)

ORANGUFRIENDS BERAU MAMPIR DI SMAN 2
Bagaimana populasi orangutan dinyatakan sangat terancam punah? Melalui edukasi ke sekolah dan masyarakat, Orangufriends berbagi pengetahuannya juga mencari tahu apa pendapat siswa menengah atas ini. Kurang lebih 100 siswa-siswi kelas XI IPA SMAN 2 Berau, Kalimantan Timur berkumpul usai istirahat kedua.

Ipeh, Yanti dan Aldo adalah tiga orangufriends yang mengajak para siswa berpikir kreatif. Diskusi santai mulai dari keberadaan orangutan di sekeliling mereka hingga orangutan yang mereka temui di pinggir jalan di daerah Muara Wahau sampai pada sebuah kesimpulan, betapa dekatnya kekerabatan antara manusia dan kera besar satu-satunya yang hidup di benua Asia ini.

Orangutan memiliki DNA 97% sama dengan manusia. Orangutan yang berada di pinggir jalan tentunya belajar betapa sulitnya mencari makanan di habitat yang telah rusak. Lebih mudah berada di pinggir jalan, mengemis dan mendapatkan lemparan makanan dari manusia. Tak hanya semakin tergusurnya habitat orangutan untuk lahan perkebunan maupun pertambangan yang menjadi konsentrasi para siswa, mereka pun menanyakan nasib orangutan yang berada di Taman Safari maupun Kebun Binatang.

“Semangat siswa dan orangufriends Berau hari ini membuat kami berpacu dengan waktu untuk menyelamatkan orangutan dari kepunahan. Terimakasih adik-adik SMAN 2, sampai bertemu lagi di lain kesempatan!”. (NIK)

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