IN 5 HOURS, LECI AND NOVI DISAPPEAR

The first week of November was a week of great relief. The release of Novi and Leci began with a series of ceremonies at the Lesan Dayak village hall. The team was very grateful, the director of Biodiversity Conservation (Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati – KKH). drh. Indra Exploitasia, M.Si speed up the ceremony, so that the monitoring team had the opportunity to follow the two orangutans longer. “ Mrs. Indra really understands our condition. Because after the cage opened, wherever orangutan goes, we have to follow them to make sure that they can survive in their new home.”, said Reza Kurniawan, the captain of APE Guardian COP.

At 11.00 WITA, via river and land, the release team came to release point. In less than 5 secs, Leci already on the tree and started to drive the team away. Not long after that, Novi’s cage was opened. In about 5 hours, the team recorded Novi and Leci’s activities. They were seen together and sounded like they wanted to be left alone.

At 16.00 WITA o’clock, the monitoring team lost track of Novi and Leci. “Both of these orangutans are like wild orangutans. It’s very difficult to follow them. Their fast move make it difficult for the team to catch up.”, said Bit, a local ranger who had known the forest for a long time.

After the release, the monitoring team continued to patrol every morning and evening with different routes, hoping to meet one of the two released orangutan. For almost two weeks, the team still haven’t had meet them. (SAR)

DALAM WAKTU 5 JAM, LECI DAN NOVI PUN HILANG
Minggu pertama November adalah minggu yang sangat melegakan. Pelepasliaran orangutan Novi dan Leci diawali serangkaian seremoni di Balai Kampung Lesan Dayak. Tim bersyukur sekali, direktur KKH (Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati) drh. Indra Exploitasia, M.Si mempercepat upacara ini, sehingga tim monitoring berkesempatan untuk mengikuti kedua orangutan lebih lama lagi. “Ibu Indra benar-benar memahami kondisi kami. Karena setelah pintu kandang dibuka, kemana pun orangutan pergi, kami harus mengikutinya untuk memastikan, orangutan mampu bertahan di rumah barunya.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, kapten APE Guardian COP.

Pukul 11.00 WITA, melalui jalur sungai dan darat, tim pelepasliaran tiba di titik pelepasliaran. Tidak sampai 5 detik, Leci sudah berada di atas pohon dan mulai mengusir tim. Tak lama kemudian pintu kandang Novi pun dibuka. Selama kurang lebih lima jam, tim masih mencatat aktivitas Novi maupun Leci. Mereka terlihat berdua dan mengeluarkan suara mengusir.

Tepat pukul 16.00 WITA, tim monitoring kehilangan jejak Novi dan Leci. “Kedua orangutan ini sudah seperti orangutan liar. Sulit sekali mengikuti mereka. Gerakan yang cepat membuat tim kesulitan mengejar.”, ujar Bit, ranger lokal yang sudah mengenal hutan ini sejak lama.

Paska pelepasliaran, tim monitoring masih terus patroli setiap pagi dan sore hari dengan jalur yang berbeda, tentu saja berharap bertemu dengan salah satu dari kedua orangutan yang dilepasliarkan. Hampir dua minggu, tim masih tak berjumpa juga. (NIK)

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