ALOUISE’S FIRST DAY AT THE FOREST SCHOOL

Alouise is an orangutan who recently entered the Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation center on March 9, 2019. After going through a quarantine period of two months and the results of his medical examinations were good, Alouise was finally scheduled to enter the forest school class.

This was the first day Alouise entered the Borneo COP forest school. Early in the morning there was the first challenge. “Bringing out Alouise from her cage is not an easy thing. He is still wild and always bites when held. The struggle of the three animal keepers in 15 minutes is quite sweaty. This morning is just the beginning, “said Jhonny.

Alouise’s fear was still visible, all the way to jungle school, he hugged tightly, very tightly. Slowly orangutan Annie approached him when Alouise arrived at the forest school. Annie tugged him, invited him to play but Alouise got more afraid and embraced Herlina.

When Annie was a bit slack, Alouise suddenly held on to the tree and climbed it. Alouise climbed quickly without looking down again, and stopped at a height of 25 meters. “It’s a pleasure to see Alouise climb his first 25 meters,” Herlina said. “But how do we take him down?” She said again anxiously.

As the afternoon approached, Alouise still didn’t want to come down. The sky is very cloudy, the rain will come down soon. Nearly an hour we waited, finally with a papaya bait, Alouise climbed down. “Thank God, I don’t have to climb the tree,” Jhonny said again. (EBO)

HARI PERTAMA ALOUISE DI SEKOLAH HUTAN

Alouise adalah orangutan yang baru saja masuk pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo pada 9 Maret 2019. Setelah melalui masa karantina selama dua bulan dan hasil pemeriksaan Alouise yang baik akhirnya Alouise dijadwalkan untuk masuk kelas sekolah hutan. 

Ini adalah hari pertama Alouise masuk sekolah hutan COP Borneo. Pagi-pagi sudah dapat tantangan pertama. “Membawa keluar Alouise dari kandang karantinanya bukanlah hal yang mudah. Dia itu masih liar dan selalu menggigit jika dipegang. Perjuangan tiga orang animal keeper di 15 menit yang cukup berkeringat. Pagi ini baru awal.”, ujar Jhonny.

Ketakutan Alouise masih terlihat, sepanjang perjalanan ke sekolah hutan, dia memeluk erat, sangat erat. Perlahan orangutan Annie mendekatinya saat Alouise tiba di sekolah hutan. Annie pun menarik-nariknya, mengajaknya bermain namun rasa takutnya semakin memeluk erat Herlina. 

Saat Annie lengah, tiba-tiba Alouise berpegangan pada pohon dan memanjatnya. Alouise memanjat dengan cepat tanpa melihat ke bawah lagi, dan berhenti di ketinggian 25 meter. “Senang sekali melihat Alouise memanjat 25 meter pertamanya.”, ujar Herlina. “Tapi bagaimana kami membawanya turun?” ujarnya lagi dengan was-was. 

Saat sore menjelang, Alouise belum mau turun. Langit mendung sekali, hujan akan segera turun. Hampir satu jam kami menunggu, akhirnya dengan pancingan buah pepaya, akhirnya Alouise pun turun. “Syukurlah ngak mesti manjat pohon .”, ujar Jhonny lagi. (WET)

 

GOOD BYE UNTUNG AND UNYIL!

When both of the transport cage doors are lifted, the two orangutans come out and reach for the nearest tree to climb. Untung and Unyil returned to their habitat and have overwhelmed the APE Guardian COP team.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 is still nine days to commemorate Earth Day. Two orangutans were released by East Kalimantan BKSDA, Dipterokarpa and Center for Orangutan Protection in Berau, East Kalimantan. A number of invited guests from the Berau Environmental Office, OWT, Kelay Koramil and Lesan Dayak Chief participated in witnessing the release this time. Luckily, the APE Guardian COP team immediately evacuated guests to leave the release site. “Untung suddenly came down from the tree and chased the team that was carrying an empty transport cage. We immediately ran away. “, Said Hery Susanto, while catching his breath. It turned out that the sound of the transport cage was enough to disturb Untung, which made Untung turned around and chased them.

While Unyil’s cage was opened by Mr. Aganto Seno from KSDA SKW I Berau. Unyil, who was worried to approach the team, was the opposite. Immediately he climbed the tree and move from one tree to another. The APE Guardian team that will monitor Unyil orangutans at their new home will keep their distance further because of Unyil’s habit to occasionally approach the team. Both are still monitored and are adapting to their new environment. 

Releases have different stories  when the cage door is opened. “We believe, every wildlife has an instinct to survive. Rehabilitation efforts will never be in vain. The dream of returning to habitat is not just wishful thinking. Thank you for the support of all parties that have enabled each individual orangutan to return to their habitat, from rescue, rehabilitation to release. A better life for orangutans, “said Reza Kurniawan, Center for Orangutan Protection optimistically. (EBO)

SELAMAT TINGGAL UNTUNG DAN UNYIL!

Saat kedua pintu kandang angkut diangkat, keduanya pun keluar dan meraih pohon terdekat untuk dipanjat. Untung dan Unyil kembali ke habitatnya dan membuat tim APE Guardian COP kewalahan.

Kamis, 11 April 2019 masih sembilan hari lagi peringatan Hari Bumi. Dua orangutan dilepasliarkan kembali oleh BKSDA Kaltim, Dipterokarpa dan Centre for Orangutan Protection di Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Beberapa tamu undangan dari Dinas Lingkungan Hidup Berau, OWT, Koramil Kelay dan Kepala Adat Lesan Dayak ikut menjadi saksi pelepasliaran kali ini. Beruntung sekali, tim APE Guardian COP segera mengevakuasi para tamu untuk meninggalkan tempat pelepasliaran. “Untung tiba-tiba saja turun dari pohon dan mengejar tim yang membawa kandang angkut kosong. Kami langsung lari tunggang langgang.”, ujar Hery Susanto sambil mengatur nafasnya kembali. Ternyata suara kandang angkut cukup menganggu Untung, hingga Untung berbalik arah dan mengejar tim.

Sementara kandang orangutan Unyil dibuka oleh Pak Aganto Seno dari KSDA SKW I Berau. Unyil yang sempat dikawatirkan mendekati tim, malah sebaliknya. Segera naik ke atas pohon dan berpindah dari satu pohon ke pohon yang lain. Tim APE Guardian yang akan memantau orangutan Unyil di rumahnya yang baru ini sengaja menjaga jarak lebih jauh, karena kebiasaan Unyil yang sesekali mendekati tim dulunya. Keduanya masih terpantau dan beradaptasi dengan lingkungan barunya.

Pelepasliaran punya cerita yang berbeda saat pintu kandang dibuka. “Kami percaya, setiap satwa liar memiliki insting untuk bertahan hidup. Usaha rehabilitasi tidak akan pernah sia-sia. Mimpi untuk kembali ke habitat bukan sekedar angan-angan. Terimakasih atas dukungan semua pihak yang telah memungkinkan setiap individu orangutan kembali ke habitatnya, mulai dari penyelamatan, rehabilitasi hingga pelepasliaran. Kehidupan yang lebih baik untuk orangutan.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, Centre for Orangutan Protection dengan optimis.

UNYIL AND UNTUNG ARE TAKEN OUT FROM THE ORANGUTAN ISLAND

This morning, the APE Defender team has prepared to take out Untung and Unyil from the orangutan island. Orangutan Island is an island inhabited by orangutan that are ready to be released. Orangutans living on this island, must be able to live with very minimum help from humans. Human intervention is only limited to providing additional food in the morning and evening. The rest, they have to find their own food on the island.

Untung, with his imperfect fingers is able to do the same activities with other orangutans. Physical disability does not prevent him from being released back into his habitat. Since December 2015, Untung has been living on the orangutan island with other male orangutans. Some have been released to the wild, and now it is his turn.

Unyil’s background was raised by residents in a toilet in his house and treated like humans both in terms of diet and behaviour. Finally he got his chance to return to his habitat. His abilities are not as good as other male orangutans on the island of orangutan, Berau, East Kalimantan. But he managed to convince the team, to become a release candidate.

The anesthesia has stuck in Untung’s body. Before it is actually working and makes him fell asleep, Untung climbed a tree, and stayed at a height of 10 meters. Now what? “We are forced to pick him up. Jhonny and Jefri, both climbed the tree quickly, Yes, we must be quick, then carry unconscious Untung. “, Vet Flora reminded the possibility of Untung to regain consciousness. “Untung!!! this is the last time ok. I will not pick up and carry you again!”, Jhonny said a little furiously.

The physical and health checks were again carried out by the medical team. Task division between vet Flora, vet Satria and vet Kiki made this process run fast. After the two orangutans entered the transport cage, the team proceeded by boat. The boat from the Sound For Orangutan charity music also delivered Untung and Unyil to his house. (EBO)

APE DEFENDER MENARIK UNTUNG DAN UNYIL DARI PULAU

Pagi ini, tim APE Defender sudah mempersiapkan diri untuk menarik kembali orangutan Untung dan Unyil dari pulau orangutan. Pulau orangutan adalah pulau yang dihuni para orangutan kandidat pelepasliaran. Orangutan yang tinggal di pulau ini, harus bisa hidup bertahan dengan bantuan manusia seminimal mungkin. Campur tangan manusia hanya sebatas memberi tambahan makanan di pagi dan sore hari. Selebihnya, mereka harus mencari makanan sendiri di pulau.

Untung dengan jari yang tidak sempurna (difabel) mampu melakukan aktivitas yang sama dengan orangutan yang lain. Cacat fisik tak menghalanginya untuk dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya. Sejak Desember 2015, Untung hidup di pulau orangutan bersama orangutan jantan lainnya. Beberapa sudah dilepasliarkan kembali, dan sekarang adalah gilirannya.

Latar belakang Unyil, orangutan yang dipelihara warga di sebuah toilet rumahnya dan mendapat perlakuan seperti manusia baik secara makanan dan tingkah laku akhirnya mendapatkan kesempatannya untuk kembali ke habitatnya. Kemampuannya tak sebaik orangutan jantan lainnya di pulau orangutan, Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Tapi dia berhasil menyakinkan tim, untuk menjadi kandidat pelepasliaran. 

Bius sudah menancap di tubuh Untung. Sebelum benar-benar bekerja membuatnya tertidur, Untung memanjat pohon, dan bertahan di ketinggian 10 meter. Bagaimana ini? “Kita terpaksa menjemputnya ke atas. Jhonny dan Jefri, mereka berdua memanjat pohon dengan cepat, Ya harus cepat, lalu menggendong Untung yang tak sadarkan diri.”, drh. Flora mengingatkan kemungkinan Untung untuk sadar kembali. “Untung!!! ini terakhir kalinya ya. Aku tidak akan menjemput dan menggendong kamu lagi!” ujar Jhonny sedikit geram.

Pemeriksaan fisik dan kesehatan kembali dilakukan tim medis. Pembagian tugas drh. Flora, drh. Satria dan drh. Kiki membuat proses ini berjalan dengan cepat. Setelah kedua orangutan masuk kandang angkut, tim melanjutkan perjalanan dengan perahu. Perahu hasil musik amal Sound For Orangutan pun mengantarkan Untung dan Unyil ke rumahnya.

 

THE RHINOCEROS HORNBILL

For those of you who have never seen a rare bird of Dayak mascot, a rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros), this is where you can see this exotic bird, right before your eyes. The most interesting and prominent part of this bird is the crest above its head that resembles a horn which colored yellow to orange gradations that look beautiful and unique. However, the sound of this bird is not as beautiful as the color of its beak and crest, more like the sound of an angry goose.

This hornbill is famous for being very ignorant and not afraid of humans, because it has been accustomed to the presence of humans in the zoo before for years. Initially the KSDA planned to release this bird but in reality he is not ready to live in the wild. Instead of flying into the wild, he still chooses to stay around the Borneo COP camp where he still depends on human life. At first he could not fly high because he had no tail feathers (plucked up when kept by humans). But slowly the feathers grew back and he could fly quite high and perch trees, even though still around the camp.

According to the stories of friends at COP Borneo, he has annoying behavior such as to poop everywhere carelessly, often mess up kitchen and scatter dishes and food on the dinner table. Not only that, in the fruit warehouse, he likes to mess fruits that have been neatly arranged. He also likes to scatter trash and damage pipes because of his curiosity, maybe also his innate nature which is really nosy. Every day, he perches on the camp porch. Every morning he looks for food and accompanies the COP Borneo staff in their daily activity in the camp. Fly freely, O bird! (Alfa.Gasani_Orangufriends)

SI BURUNG RANGKONG BADAK
Bagi kalian yang belum pernah melihat langsung burung langka maskot suku dayak yaitu burung rangkong badak, di sinilah kalian bisa melihat burung eksotis ini, langsung di depan mata kalian. Yang paling menarik dan menonjol dari burung ini adalah jambul di atas kepalanya yang menyerupai tanduk dan berwarna gradasi kuning hingga jingga yang terlihat cantik dan unik. Namun suara burung ini tak seindah warna paruh dan jambulnya, lebih mirip suara angsa yang sedang marah.

Si burung Rangkong ini terkenal amat jahil dan tidak takut dengan manusia, sebab sudah terbiasa bercengkrama dengan kehadiran manusia di kebun binatang sebelumnya selama bertahun-tahun. Awalnya pihak KSDA berencana melepasliarkan burung ini namun pada kenyataannya dia belum siap hidup liar. Alih-alih terbang ke alam liar, ia justru masih memilih tinggal di sekitar camp COP Borneo dimana dia masih bergantung pada kehidupan manusia. Pada mulanya dia tidak bisa terbang tinggi sebab bulu ekornya tidak ada (sudah dicabuti saat pemeliharaan sebelumnya). Namun perlahan bulunya tumbuh kembali dan bisa terbang lumayan tinggi dan bertengger di pohon walaupun masih di sekitaran camp.

Menurut cerita teman-teman di COP Borneo, polahnya sering bikin kesal, seperti suka buang kotoran sembarangannya, sering menghamburkan barang di dapur seprti piring dan makanan yang ada di meja makan. Tak berhenti di situ, di gudang buah ia suka buat onar dengan mengobrak-abrik buah yang sudah ditata rapi. Dia juga suka menghamburkan sampah dan merusak pipa karena rasa ingin tahunya yang tinggi, mungkin juga sifat bawaannya yang memang usil. Setiap hari, dia bertengger di beranda camp. Setiap pagi dia mencari makan dan menemani staf COP Borneo yang sedang beraktifitas di camp. Terbanglah bebas, hai burung Rangkok! (Alfa.Gasani_Orangufriends)

MIKI RAN AND DISAPPEARED IN THE DENSE JUNGLE

Since 2011, Miki (the name of a gibbon) had been illegally kept by a resident of Long Beluah, Bulungan, North Kalimantan. During that time Miki never held trees, moved from one tree to another, and even ate his natural diet. Bananas and tomatoes became so familiar to him. Exploring the jungle was a dream that would never be realized.

March 26, 2019, BKSDA Section I East Kalimantan, assisted by the APE Defender COP team took this Bornean Gibbon. “Ten hours of commuting with a hope. What would Miki do when the door to the transport cage is opened? “, Asked vet Satria at Flora Felisitas. “Just wait and see later,” answered Flora.

When the Chief of KSDA Section I, Aganto Seno prepared to go up to the transport cage and open the cage door, there was no sound at all. Slowly the door was lifted. “Gibbons are very agile. Yes, Miki immediately came out and ran… disappeared,” said Pak Seno.

Wild animals live in the forest. Every wildlife has a role. Bornean gibbons are increasingly threatened with extinction with the decreasing forest as their habitat. Bornean Gibbons are typical Borneo animals that is endangered. Bornean gibbons need help from all parties to save them. (EBO)

MIKI PUN BERLARI MENGHILANG DI LEBATNYA HUTAN
Sejak tahun 2011, Miki (nama owa) berada dalam pemeliharaan ilegal seorang warga Long Beluah, Bulungan, Kalimantan Utara. Miki tak pernah lagi memegang pohon, berpindah dari satu pohon ke pohon yang lain, bahkan makan makanan alami lainnya. Pisang dan tomat menjadi begitu akrab dengannya. Menjelajah menjadi mimpi yang tak kan pernah terwujud.

26 Maret 2019, BKSDA Seksi I Kalimantan Timur dengan dibantu tim APE Defender COP mengambil Owa Kalimantan ini. “Sepuluh jam perjalanan pulang pergi menjadi harapan tersendiri. Apa yang akan dilakukan Miki saat pintu kandang angkut dibuka ya?”, tanya drh. Satria pada drh Flora Felisitas. “Lihat saja nanti.”, jawab Flora.

Saat Kepala KSDA Seksi I, Aganto Seno bersiap naik ke kandang angkut untuk membuka pintu kandang, tak ada suara sama sekali. Perlahan pintu diangkat. “Owa sangat lincah, ya Miki langsung keluar dan berlari… menghilang.”, ujar pak Seno.

Satwa liar hidupnya di hutan. Setiap satwa liar memiliki peran. Owa Kalimantan semakin terancam punah dengan semakin berkurangnya hutan sebagai habitatnya. Owa Kalimantan adalah satwa khas Kalimantan yang berstatus genting atau endangered. Owa Kalimantan membutuhkan bantuan semua pihak untuk menyelamatkannya. (NIK)

APE GUARDIAN ARE PREPARED FOR UNYIL AND UNTUNG

The release day for Unyil and Untung orangutans is getting closer. The APE Guardian team is responsible for examining several points to facilitate the release process. Many considerations to determine this location. One of them is the weight of the cage that will be carried to reach that point, besides of course the location is quite safe so that orangutans can survive in their first days and so on.

The character of the orangutan to be released is another determinant. Like Unyil, who loves water and Untung who loves coconut. It’s quite complicated if you have to fulfil all this. The team debated to find best solution.

Pathways, weight of cages, availability of natural food and location security are finally priorities that cannot be negotiated. The release team’s physical fitness must also be improved because they must continuously monitor the orangutans after being released. Team logistics must also be considered.
So, releasing orangutans is not only the work of one person, not the work of one institution. The release of orangutans is a joint work for Indonesian orangutans.(EBO)

APE GUARDIAN BERSIAP UNTUK UNYIL DAN UNTUNG
Hari pelepasliaran orangutan Unyil dan Untung semakin dekat. Tim APE Guardian yang bertanggung jawab mencoba beberapa titik untuk mempermudah proses pelepasliaran. Banyak pertimbangan untuk menentukan titik tersebut. Salah satunya, beratnya kandang yang akan dipikul untuk mencapai titik tersebut, selain tentu saja titik cukup aman sehingga orangutan dapat survive dihari-hari pertamanya dan seterusnya.

Karakter orangutan yang akan dilepasliarkan juga menjadi salah satu penentu titik yang akan digunakan. Seperti orangutan Unyil yang sangat menyukai air dan orangutan Untung yang sangat menyukai kelapa. Cukup rumit jika harus memenuhi ini semua. Sampai akhirnya tim pun berdebat.

Jalur, berat kandang, ketersediaan pakan alami dan keamanan lokasi akhirnya menjadi prioritas yang tidak bisa ditawar lagi. Fisik tim pelepasliaran pun harus ditingkatkan karena tim harus terus memonitor orangutan setelah dilepasliarkan. Logistik tim juga harus diperhatikan.

Jadi, melepasliarkan orangutan bukan hanya kerja satu orang, bukan pula kerja satu lembaga. Pelepasliaran orangutan adalah kerja bersama untuk orangutan Indonesia.

ORANGUFRIENDS YOGYA IN KINDERSTATION SCHOOL

This is not April Fools’ Day! This is the challenge to become Orangufriends. How can you talk in front of small children. Yes, how can you convey your knowledge about orangutans in an easy language for children under 6 years. OMG !!!

This morning, Yogyakarta Orangufriends was ready at the Kinderstation School which was founded by Cahaya Bangsa Utama Foundation, located in Maguwoharjo, Yogyakarta. Orangufriends has a myriad of ways to steal children’s attention, one of which is through games. Knowledge about orangutans is also inserted through the activities. Through screening films about wildlife, 90 Kiderstation students were invited to care more about wildlife.

“So … kids, Save the Orangutan from Delete! Yes…” (EBO)

ORANGUFRIENDS YOGYA DI KINDERSTATION SCHOOL
Bukan April Mop! Ini dia tantangan jadi Orangufriends. Bagaimana kamu bisa berbicara di depan anak-anak kecil. Iya, bagaimana kamu bisa menyampaikan pengetahuanmu tentang orangutan dengan bahasa yang mudah untuk anak-anak di bawah 6 tahun. OMG!!!

Pagi ini, Orangufriends Yogyakarta sudah bersiap di Kinderstation School yang didirikan Yayasan Cahaya Bangsa Utama yang terletak di Maguwoharjo, Yogyakarta. Orangufriends punya segudang cara mencuri perhatian anak-anak, salah satunya lewat permainan. Selanjutnya pengetahuan tentang orangutan pun diselipkan. Melalui pemutaran film tentang satwa liar, 90 murid Kiderstation diajak untuk lebih peduli pada satwa liar.

“Jadi… anak-anak, Save the Orangutan from Delete! ya…”