APE WARRIOR

GETTING TO KNOW ORANGUTAN, DESPITE THE LIMITATIONS

Started when one of the Orangufriends Yogyakarta received an information that a school requested school visit for wildlife knowledge sharing. The support group of COP or Orangufriends collect all information related to the particular school: address, number of students, and participant target. One of the biggest challenge they found was the fact that this school was not a regular school like the ones they usually visited, this school, SD (elementary school)  & MTs (junior high) Yekatunis was a school for children with special needs (disabled children). In order to prepare the materials better and more suited for the children, the visit schedule needed to be pushed back to 6 October 2016.

Coordination with the teacher is a must, so the students would be able to understand the materials and the speaker would be able to deliver materials in way that acceptable for the student. Briefing with Orangufriends conducted at 3 October 2016, 4 days before the school visit. During the briefing, Orangufriends discussed the speakers grouping for student groups. The students would be divided into 5 groups, which each consist of 14 students, 13 students, 10 students, 9 students and 10 students. This grouping was based on the special needs of the students. Those students had various disabilities: visually impaired, physically impaired, mentally challenged, handicapped, and slowlearner.

The discussion then continued to decide the materials and the best way to deliver it, best suited for the disabled student’s imagination. It was decided that for elementary school students, the material would be delivered via storytelling, and for MTs the material would be delivered via oral presentation and hand puppet. Besides that, Orangufriends also brought the orangutan costume which aimed to give the students a picture of what a real orangutan would look like.

During the discussion, there are several challenges found; the big number of students so it would be impossible to deliver the materials in one room, so Orangufriends decided to deliver the materials in separate classes based on the group. Another challenge was the limited number of hand puppet, so it was decided to distribute the puppets fairly to all groups. The next challenge was how to ensure all classes able to see the orangutan costume, so it was decided that the man in costume will visit each class for 10 minutes.

14 Orangufriends started the school visit at 8 AM. The enthusiasm of students was shown when Orangufriends entered the class, where the students hoped that there would be real orangutan. Challenges started to emerge when speakers delivered the materials, and found it quite difficult to simplify words and create common understanding with students. Inside the class, there were a lot unexpected questions asked by students: “How does orangutan give birth?” or “Does orangutan feel comfortable to live in zoo?”

The elementary school students showed various reaction when the orangutan costume entered class: some screamed hysterically, afraid of the orangutan fur; shocked and went speechless; peed their pants; threw up; even excited and hugged the costume very tightly,

At the end of the visit, the students were gathered into the school’s auditorium along with teachers and the Orangufriends. An elementary schools student named Putri was brave enough to sing in front of her friends, and another elementary school student named Panca spoke in front of his friends about his experience of the school visit. Despite the all screaming, Orangufriends was delighted to share the knowledge about wildlife to the students. This was the first experience and a very special one. The school was chosen not without a reason, but to show that knowledge knows no limitations.
Thank you for students and teachers of SD & MTs Yekatunis that hosted our visit. Thank you for Orangufriends Yogyakarta with their spirit for knowledge sharing to Yekatunis students. (Kharin-Orangufriends Yogya).

MENGENAL ORANGUTAN TANPA BATAS KEMAMPUAN

Berawal dari informasi salah satu Orangufriends Yogyakarta bahwa ada satu sekolah yang mengharapkan adanya sharing ilmu tentang satwa liar. Kelompok pendukung COP atau Orangufriends mengumpulkan berbagai informasi tentang sekolah tersebut seperti alamat sekolah, jumlah siswa-siswi dan target peserta. Satu hal yang pertama menjadi tantangan besar dan cukup membuat semua orangufriends menelan ludah yaitu ini bukan sekolah biasa yang sering orangufriends kunjungi. Sekolah Dasar dan MTs Yekatunis dengan predikat Sekolah Luar Biasa untuk siswa berkebutuhan khusus (Disabilitas).
Hal ini juga membuat jadwal school visit menjadi mundur menjadi tanggal 06 oktober 2016 karena materi dan pemateri yang harus dipersiapkan sebaik-baiknya.

Koordinasi dengan guru sekolah menjadi suatu keharusan agar siswa-siswi dapat menerima materi dengan baik dan pemateri dapat menyampaikan dengan benar. Briefing dengan teman-teman orangufriends pun dilakukan pada Senin 03 oktober 2016, ympat hari sebelum school visit dilaksanakan. Beberapa hal yang orangufriends diskusikan yaitu pembagian kelompok pemateri untuk siswa. Kelompok dibagi dengan variasi jumlah 14 orang, 13 orang, 10 orang, 9 orang, dan 10 orang. Pembagian kelompok pun tidak bisa sembarangan karena ada beberapa siswa yang menderita lebih dari satu jenis disabilitas sehingga penanganannya berbeda dengan siswa lainnya. Siswa- siswa tersebut menderita disabilitas seperti tuna netra yaitu sulit dalam penglihatan, tuna daksa yaitu memiliki cacat di bagian tubuh tertentu, tuna grahita yaitu kelemahan dalam berfikir dan bernalar, handicap yaitu memiliki kombinasi kelainan dan slowlearner yaitu sulit dalam belajar.

Setelah itu, diskusi berlanjut mengenai materi yang akan dibawakan beserta cara penyampaiannya agar sesuai dengan imaginasi penderita disabilitas. Bagi siswa-siswi SD materi berbentuk dongeng tentang kehilangan hutan dan boneka tangan sedangkan untuk MTs materi lisan tentang konservasi satwa liar dan boneka tangan. Selain materi di atas orangutfriends juga membawa kostum orangutan asli yang diharapkan saat siswa melakukan kontak fisik dapat membayangkan ukuran orangutan serta bulu orangutan sebenarnya.

Selama diskusi ada beberapa hal yang menjadi kendala dan berubah-ubah seperti jumlah siswa yang cukup banyak sehingga tidak bisa pemberian materi dalam satu ruang aula seperti rencana sebelumnya maka dari orangufriends membagi menjadi 5 kelas berbeda sesuai kelompok. Tantangan pertama terselesaikan, kemudian muncul tantangan kedua untuk membagi jumlah boneka tangan yang terbatas jumlahnya agar tiap siswa-siswi di kelas dapat mengimaginasikan satwa sesuai dengan ukuran aslinya maka hanya berapa jenis boneka satwa yang digunakan seperti tupai, kodok, elang dan orangutan kecil.

Tantangan kedua selesai, kemudian ada tantangan ketiga dimana kostum orangutan hanya ada 1 sehingga dalam 10 menit sekali orang yang menggunakan kostum harus masuk ke kelas secara bergantian.

Empat belas orangufriends memulai school visit tepat pukul 08.00 pagi. Antusiasme siswa sudah mulai terlihat saat masuk kelas dimana siswa mengharapkan kehadiran orangutan. Kekhawatiran yang sebagian besar muncul saat menyampaikan materi yaitu pemateri kesulitan untuk menyederhanakan kata dan menyamakan imaginasi bersama siswa. Saat di dalam kelas banyak muncul pertanyaan dari siswa-siswi MTs yang tidak terduga seperti, “Bagaimana cara orangutan melahirkan?” atau “Sebenarnya kebun binatang itu nyaman untuk orangutan atau tidak?”.

Siswa-siswi SD memberikan respon yang berbeda-beda saat orangufriends yang menggunakan kostum masuk ruang kelas seperti ada yang histeris ketakutan dengan bulu orangutan, syok dan tidak bisa bicara, mengompol, dan muntah serta kesenangan yang tidak tertahankan sehingga orangutan dipeluk dengan erat.

Di akhir acara siswa-siswi SD dan MTs dikumpulkan di ruang aula sekolah bersama dengan guru dan orangufriends lainnya. Siswi SD bernama putri memberanikan diri bernyanyi di depan teman-temannya dan siswa Panca memberikan kesan saat orangutan datang ke kelas. Terlepas dari suara teriakan yang terdengar di sekolah orangufriends sangat senang dapat memberikan ilmu tentang satwa liar kepada siswa-siswi. Ini merupakan pengalaman pertama dan sangat spesial. Bukan tanpa alasan pemilihan sekolah dilakukan tetapi karena ilmu tidak memandang batas kemampuan seseorang untuk terus belajar.

Terima kasih untuk siswa-siswi SD dan MTs Yekatunis beserta guru-guru yang sudah menerima kehadiran kami dengan baik. Terima kasih untuk teman-teman orangufriends Yogyakarta yang dengan semangatnya dapat berbagi ilmu dengan siswa-siswi sekolah Yekatunis. (Kharin-Orangufriends Yogya)

COP COMBAT ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

Forest clearing to make way for new palm oil plantations is occurring on a massive scale in Sumatra and Kalimantan. This has clearly had a big impact on the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia. As a result of the clearing, it is getting easier to obtain wildlife, especially those with the greatest monetary value like primates and big cats. Government control over traditional bird markets which are used to trade wildlife has increased and as a result, traders are moving online.

Social media platforms like Facebook play a large role in facilitating the market for illegal wildlife trade. Keeping of protected wildlife used to only be done by certain parts of society as a symbol of status and power. Now, it has spread to all parts of society, especially young people. Young people like to communicate via virtual groups. Traders often enter these groups, posing as members and offer their trades. These groups often become off-line groups which meet in person while the trader hides behind their fake identify and account.

Education and awareness raising efforts of COP and Animals are often met with resistance. Traders fight back and challenge law enforcement. COP and Animals believe that prison is the best classroom for them to learn lessons about wildlife protection.

Specialised strategies are needed to enforce the law and make sure that information about operations is not leaked. The monetary value associated with illegal wildlife trade means that it attracts corrupt officials and even those within wildlife conservation such as veterinarians have been found to be involved. Rivalry between law enforcement agencies is also a challenge.
In the last five years, COP and Animals, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, have carried out 28 operations, have saved 200 live animals including 25 orangutans, 5 bears, 16 Javan langurs and 16 slow lorises. Cases involving orangutan and tigers usually involve professional and highly experienced traders. The value of the transactions can range from 10 to 200 million rupiah ($US 1,000-20,0000).

22 people have been imprisoned for illegal wildlife trade with sentences ranging from 6 months to 2,5 years. The length of the sentence does not seem to be a deterrent to traders. In our experience, some traders return to selling after being released from prison and others change profession and undertake other criminal work resulting from new relationships that they formed in prison.
COP still believes that law enforcement is the best way to tackle the illegal wildlife trade because this issue is not related to ignorance or poverty. We are dealing with sick people who are proud to break the law and are blinded by the benefits of this illegal activity.

ELEVEN WILDLIFE PROTECTION ORGANISATIONS URGES TIGHT SUPERVISION FOR AIR RIFLE

YOGYAKARTA – Eleven wildlife protection organisations consists of Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Animals Indonesia, International Animal Rescue (IAR), Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), Orangutan Land Trust (OLT), With Compassion and Soul (WCS), Orangutan Outreach, Paguyuban Pengamat Burung Jogjakarta (PPBJ) and Orangutan Veterinary Aid (OVAID) urge that supervision for air rifle use and distribution to be tightened. Air rifle bullets frequently found inside the body of animals rescued from conflict, hunting or trafficking. During 2004 to August 2016, at least 23 cases of orang-utans shooting using air rifle. Orang-utan usually found in crical condition, permanently injured, even dead. For orang-utan cases, hunters shot the orang-utan mother then seize the baby for trafficking. According to Erik Meijard in his book “Di Ambang Kepunahan” (on the brink of extinction), one dead orangutan, represents 2 – 10 dead orang-utans. And air rifle is being a serious threat to wildlife extinction. Therefore, we are stating these acts:

1. Kepolisian Republik Indonesia (Indonesian National Police) as the authorised supervisor for rifle distribution, needs to tighten the supervision of distribution and trade.
2. Conduct a raid and law enforcement since there were cases of abuse of rifle rights, which were used for wildlife hunting.

Conservation measures will be lagged if hunting and killing using air rifle are still happening. Head of Indonesia National Police must take a robust step to take action towards the abuse of rifle rights, as stated on Head of Indonesia National Police Regulation, No. 8/ 2012 about supervision and control of rifles for sports. In article 4 clause 3, stated that air rifles are used for target-shooting sports, and continued in article 5 clause 3 that its utilisation in only inside shooting range for competition and practice.

Today, we had action in 10 cities simultaneously : Aceh, Pekanbaru, Palembang, Banding, Yogyakarta, Solo, Malang, Surabaya and Palangkaraya – all asking for the same thing: for the Head of Indonesia National Police Regulation to be implemented. Because with robust law enforcement, massacre of wildlife with air rifle can be reduced.

For further details and interview, please contact info@orangutanprotection.com

SEBELAS ORGANISASI PERLINDUNGAN SATWA LIAR SERUKAN PERKETAT PENGAWASAN SENAPAN ANGIN
Untuk disiarkan segera 14 September 2016

Yogyakarta – Sebelas lembaga perlindungan satwa liar terdiri dari Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Animals Indonesia, International Animal Rescue (IAR), Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), Orangutan Land Trust (OLT), With Compasion and Soul (WCS), Orangutan Outreach, Paguyuban Pengamat Burung Jogjakarta (PPBJ) dan Orangutan Veterinary Aid (OVAID) menyerukan agar pengawasan terhadap penggunaan serta peredaran senapan angin lebih diperketat lagi. Korban tembakan senapan angin banyak ditemukan pada satwa liar yang diselamatkan dari korban konflik, perburuan dan perdagangan.

Sepanjang kurun waktu  2004 hingga Agustus 2016 setidaknya ada 23 kasus yang tercatat untuk penembakan orangutan dengan senapan angin. Orangutan mengalami kondisi kritis, cacat permanen hingga mengalami kematian. Untuk kasus orangutan, pemburu akan menembak induk orangutan untuk mendapatkan anaknya sebelum di perdagangkan. Menurut Herman Rijksen dan Erik Meijard dalam bukunya  Di Ambang Kepunahan 1 induk yang mati terbunuh mewakili setidaknya 2 – 10 orangutan yang mati terbunuh. Dan senapan angin sudah menjadi ancaman serius akan kepunahan satwa liar dialam.

Untuk itu kami menyatakan sikap sebagai berikut:
1. Kepolisian Republik Indonesia sebagai pemegang otoritas penuh sebagai pengawas peredaran senjata api dan senapan angin perlu mempeketat peredaran dan penggunaan senapan angin.
2. Melakukan razia dan penegakan hukum karena banyak kasus penyalahgunaan senapan angin untuk berburu satwa liar.

Upaya konservasi satwa liar akan terhambat manakala perburuan dan pembunuhan dengan senapan angin masih berlangsung. Kapolri sebagai pimpinan Kepolisian Republik Indonesia harus bisa mengambil langkah tegas dan berani untuk melakukan tindakan penyalahgunaan senapan angin sesuai dengan Peraturan Kepala Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia Nomor 8 Tahun 2012 tentang Pengawasan dan Pengendalian Senjata Api Untuk Kepentingan Olahraga. Dalam Pasal 4 ayat 3 disebutkan senapan angin digunakan untuk kepentingan olahraga menembak sasaran atau target serta dilanjutkan di Pasal 5 ayat 3 bahwa penggunaannya di lokasi pertandingan dan latihan.
Dan hari ini kami serentak melakukan aksi di sepuluh kota, Aceh, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo, Malang, Surabaya, Samarinda dan Palangka Raya meminta hal sama agar Peraturan Kapolri tersebut dilaksanakan. Karena dengan penegakan aturan yang tegas dan berani, pembantaian satwa dengan senapan angin akan bisa ditekan.
Untuk informasi dan wawancara dapat menghubungi:
info@orangutanprotection.com

TEROR SENAPAN ANGIN

Daniek Hendarto, APE Warrior captain, explains “Occasionally our rescue team takes in baby orangutans that have been shot. They are often sick and injured, disabled, some even deceased. On July 26, 2016, the arrest of an orangutan trafficker in Medan produced 4 baby orangutans, intended to be sold off. One of the babies, that we named Deka, was found by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program team (SOCP) to have a bullet lodged in the back of her head. Deka is only a small example and one case of orangutans being showered with bullets. Help Centre for Orangutan Protection campaign against #terorsenapanangin (the terror of air rifles) that threatens the preservation of wildlife. Hunting is not a sport. Hunting is cruelty.”
Daniek Hendarto, kapten APE Warrior, “Terkadang tim rescue harus mengambil bayi-bayi orangutan yang sudah terhujam peluru. Mereka Sakit, Cacat hingga bahkan sudah tak bernyawa. Pada tanggal 26 Juli 2016 dilakukan penangkapan pedagang orangutan di Medan dengan barang bukti 4 bayi orangutan yang akan diperjualbelikan. Salah satu bayi kami beri nama Deka, dari hasil pemeriksaan tim Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) dalam kepala Deka terdapat satu peluru di bagian kepala belakang. Orangutan Deka adalah contoh kecil dan catatan kasus orangutan dengan hujaman peluru. Bantu Centre for Orangutan Protection mengkampanyekan #terorsenapanangin yang mengancam kelestarian satwa liar. Berburu bukan olah raga. Berburu adalah kekejaman.”

SCHOOL VISIT AT KINDER STATION JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Ingin tahu tentang perlindungan satwa liar khususnya orangutan? Orangufriends siap berbagi.
Senin 23 Agustus 2016, orangufriends Yogyakarta mengunjungi SMP Kinder Station Yogyakarta. Kelas kecil sangat efektif untuk memberi pemahaman dunia konservasi yang tidak semua orang tertarik mengetahuinya. Kampanye #OrangutanBukanMainan dimana satwa dipaksa atraksi untuk pengunjung. Atraksi yang bukan merupakan perilaku alaminya. Siswa diajak berempati dari sisi sebaliknya. Edukasi yang dikemas menyenangkan, santai tapi serius.
Terimakasih orangufriends Yogya…
#schoolvisit #orangufriends

COOKING CLASS FOR KIDS

Yummie…
Lokaloka Bistro will be colaborating with COP for a Kids Cooking Class.. We’ll be cooking some fun yummy crêpes and making a super refreshing watermelon punch! We will have fun activities to know more about orangutans!
Funds will go to COP Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Berau, East Borneo..
It will be fun and interesting too!
Book now!
CP: KIA 081221810049

SENAPAN ANGIN TEROR SATWA LIAR

COP mengajak anda untuk menyebarluaskan kampanye TEROR SENAPAN ANGIN dengan cara foto dengan tulisan SENAPAN ANGIN TEROR SATWA LIAR. Sebarkan di media sosial mu, gunakan #TerorSenapanAngin dan @orangutan_COP
Masih ingatkah orangutan jantan dewasa Kunthi, Januari 2016? Dia buta karena di matanya terdapat peluru senapan angin.
Atau masih ingatkah orangutan Apung/Bumi? Bayi yang baru berusia dua minggu dengan peluru senapan angin di punggungnya?
Tentu masih ingat perdagangan 4 bayi orangutan di Medan! Satu diantaranya terkena peluru senapan angin di kepalanya.
Bayi orangutan dengan peluru senapan angin di tubuhnya??? Dapat dipastikan, induknya MATI.
Terimakasih atas kepedulianmu.
Save or Delete, You Decide.

INTERNATIONAL ORANGUTAN DAY

What can i say?
I’m one of the four orangutan from the illegal trade in Sumatra (26/7). Hunter killed my mom for sure. Plantation grabbed our home.
What can you do?
Save or Delete, You Decide!
Happy International Orangutan Day on August 19, 2016 …
#orangutanday #menolakpunah

WAYANG FOR EDUCATIVE PROGRAMME

Thank you Jogjakarta Community School for the creativity art of Wayang that we can used it for education and awareness. It must be very interesting performance, to used modern Wayang in our next school visit and the other events.
Every body or every group are welcome to support Centre for Orangutan Protection. Join with us… and influence more people… to take care our orangutan.. our forest…
info@orangutanprotection.com

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