BANTU PADAMKAN API DI DESA MERASAK

Hujan tak kunjung turun. Labanan, Berau, Kalimantan Timur diperburuk dengan musim berladang yang membuat api menjalar semakin liar. Tak hanya ladang yang seharusnya dibuka untuk musim tanam selanjutnya, angin dan keringnya tanaman membuat api tak lagi terkontrol. “Kami di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo bersiap untuk yang terburuk. Mencegah lebih baik, tapi apa daya, turun langsung membantu melokalisir kebakaran menjadi pilihan saat ini. Semoga tak berlanjut ke COP Borneo.”, ujar Ramadhani, manajer COP untuk Kalimantan. 

11 September 2019, kelas sekolah hutan dihentikan. Tim dibagi menjadi dua untuk segera membantu masyarakat desa Merasak, Berau, Kalimantan Timur untuk memadamkan api yang sudah terlanjur menyebar kemana-mana. Dengan berbekal 3 jet shooter, mesin air dan selang tim APE Defender menuju ke lokasi. Bersyukur sekali kami tidak hanya sendiri, masyarakat dan BNPB Berau juga sedang menuju ke lokasi. “Sayang, api sudah menjalar dan kebakaran semakin luas.”, ujar Linau, animal keeper yang turun ke lokasi kebakaran. 

Terimakasih atas dukungan para suporter COP dimana pun berada. Kebakaran lahan adalah bencana yang hampir setiap tahun terjadi. Panasnya suhu di kebakaran lahan juga membuat gerak tim menjadi lambat. “Kami harus memperhatikan keselamatan tim juga. Safety first, begitu yang harus diutamakan. Kami juga mengatur istirahat. Tetap dukung kami dan doakan kami.”, ujar Wety Rupiana, baby sitter orangutan yang ikut turun di kebakaran lahan Merasak kali ini. 

THERE IS PUFF OF SMOKE ABOVE THE LABANAN FOREST

Periodically, the APE Crusader team who happened to be at the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center flew a drone. Observing landscapes from above is now much easier than before. “There is a puff of smoke. interesting to visit. It’s not too far away, only about 2 km, “said Wety Rupiana.

The closer, the clearer was the Labanan Research Forest that had caught fire. “You see an open part.” What will be lost? Flora, fauna and even the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center may also be lost.

Labanan Research Forest has 53 genera of low-level plants, 183 genus of high-level plants. 62 species of Dipterokarpa which are the icon of this forest will also only remain in name. Carbon reserves of 123,912 tons will only remain on paper.

Labanan Research Forest is threatened by coal mining. Will we just stay quiet? Are we ready to lose the richness of the flora of the Kalimantan rainforest? (EBO)

ADA KEPULAN ASAP DI ATAS HUTAN LABANAN

Secara berkala, tim APE Crusader yang kebetulan sedang berada di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo menerbangkan drone. Mengamati bentang alam dari atas saat ini jauh lebih mudah dibandingkan dulu. “Ada kepulan asap. yang menarik untuk didatangi. Tak begitu jauh sekitar 2 km saja.”, ujar Wety Rupiana.

Semakin dekat, semakin jelas terlihat Hutan Penelitian Labanan yang terbakar. “Terlihat bagian yang terbuka.”. Apa yang akan hilang? Flora, fauna bahkan pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo mungkin juga akan hilang. 

Hutan Penelitian Labanan memiliki 53 genus tumbuhan tingkat rendah, 183 genus tumbuhan tingkat tinggi. 62 spesies Dipterokarpa (meranti) yang merupakan ciri khas hutan ini pun akan ikut tinggal nama saja. Cadangan karbon 123.912 ton tinggal hitungan diatas kertas saja. 

Hutan Penelitian Labanan terancam pertambangan batu bara. Apakah kita tinggal diam saja? Apakah kita siap kehilangan kekayaan flora hutan hujan Kalimantan ini? 

FIVE YEARS OF COP BORNEO ORANGUTAN RESCUE CENTER

Orangutan Rescue Center program is a joint work between the East Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Center and the Dipterokarpa Forest Ecosystem Research and Development Center. Infrastructure development was carried out in stages establish 1 block of quarantine cages, 1 block of socialization cages, 1 block of adult orangutan pens, 1 clinic, 1 employee mess, 1 kitchen, 2 bathrooms / toilets and 1 fruit warehouse. Throughout 2014 to 2019, Borneo COP has accommodated 24 individual orangutans from state confiscations, handed over by communities and victims of conflict.

Forest schools are part of the orangutan rehabilitation program under the age of 5 years. Currently there are 9 orangutans registered in the forest school program. Furthermore, while locations where orangutans are ready to be released needs further evaluation, the Center for Orangutan Protection is building orangutan monitoring posts and operating pre-release islands.

To date, there have been five individual orangutans released after going through the Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation program. The existence of the Borneo COP also helps the East Kalimantan BKSDA in handling orangutan conflicts and supports the enforcement of wildlife crime in the East Kalimantan region.

Borneo COP also involves the community in providing orangutan feed, helps tourism conscious villages through village ecotourism programs and conducts free village animal treatment by the COP medical team. The strategic location of Borneo COP covering East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan has become an important part of orangutan conservation in a rehabilitation program. Hopefully the Orangutan Rescue Program in East Kalimantan can continue. (EBO)

LIMA TAHUN PUSAT PENYELAMATAN ORANGUTAN COP BORNEO

Program Pusat Penyelamatan Orangutan ini adalah kerja bersama antara Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Kalimantan Timur dan Balai Besar Penelitian dan Pengembangan Ekosistem Hutan Dipterokarpa. Pembangunan infrastruktur dilakukan secara bertahap hingga menghasilkan 1 blok kandang karantina, 1 blok kandang sosialisasi, 1 blok kandang orangutan dewasa, 1 klinik, 1 mess karyawan, 1 dapur, 2 kamar mandi/wc dan 1 gudang buah. Sepanjang tahun 2014 hingga 2019, COP Borneo telah menampung 24 individu orangutan yang berasal dari sitaan negara, serahan masyarakat dan korban konflik.

Sekolah hutan adalah bagian dari program rehabilitasi orangutan yang berusia di bawah 5 tahun. Saat ini ada 9 orangutan yang terdaftar dalam program sekolah hutan. Selanjutnya kebutuhan pada lokasi dimana orangutan yang sudah siap untuk dilepasliarkan namun masih diperlukan evaluasi lebih dalam lagi, Centre for Orangutan Protection membangun pos monitoring orangutan dan mengoperasikan pulau pra-pelepasliaran.

Hingga saat ini, ada lima individu orangutan yang telah dilepasliarkan setelah melalui program rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo. Keberadaan COP Borneo juga membantu BKSDA Kaltim dalam penanganan konflik orangutan dan mendukung penegakkan hukum kejahatan satwa liar di wilayah Kalimantan Timur. 

COP Borneo juga melibatkan masyarakat dalam pengadaan pakan orangutan, membantu desa sadar wisata melalui progam ekowisata kampung (ecotrip) dan melakukan pengobatan satwa desa gratis oleh tim medis COP. Lokasi COP Borneo yang sangat strategis mencakup Kalimantan Timur dan Kalimantan Utara telah menjadi bagian penting konservasi orangutan dalam program rehabilitasi. Semoga Program Penyelamatan Orangutan di Kalimantan Timur dapat terus berkelanjutan.

UNYIL SURVIVES AFTER THE RELEASE IN THE HABITAT

Unyil, an orangutan with his background evacuated from the bathroom of a resident in Muara Wahau, East Kalimantan has been released back to his new habitat on April 11, 2019. In his remarks the Head of Collaborative Information Data, Ir. Eded Suryadi, MM said that the Dipterokarpa Forest Ecosystem Research and Development Center (B2P2EHD) is very concerned about the existence of orangutans and their ecosystems. All parties are expected to be able to provide support to the COP in order to continue to handle Orangutan Protection.

KHDTK (Special Purpose Forest Area) for the Labanan Research Forest is located in Berau district, East Kalimantan which is managed by B2P2EHD since 2014 in collaboration with the Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Development. “Orangutan protection from extinction is our shared responsibility. Luckily we got a location where the best rainforests of Kalimantan are located. Forest schools are a favourite place for small orangutans to practice growing their instincts, “said Daniek Hendarto, action manager for the Center for Orangutan Protection.

For three months after the release of Unyil, the APE Guardian team (orangutan release monitoring team) recorded to have met the orangutan four times. Unyil looks capable of surviving in its new habitat. “He seems to lose his weight, but that is a natural thing. These three months will certainly be a difficult time and a very liberating period. Unyil also looks like he doesn’t like to meet the team. Good job Unyil! “, Said Reza Kurniawan, COP Borneo manager, Berau, East Kalimantan.(EBO)

UNYIL BERTAHAN SETELAH PELEPASLIARAN DI HABITAT BARUNYA

Unyil, orangutan dengan latar belakang dievakuasi dari kamar mandi seorang warga di Muara Wahau, Kalimantan Timur telah dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya yang baru pada 11 April 2019. Dalam sambutan Kepala Bidang Data Informasi Kerjasama Ir. Eded Suryadi, MM mengatakan Balai Besar Penelitian dan Pengembangan Ekosistem Hutan Dipterokarpa (B2P2EHD) sangat peduli pada keberadaan orangutan dan ekosistemnya. Semua kalangan diharapkan dapat memberikan dukungan  pada COP agar dapat terus menangani Perlindungan Orangutan.

KHDTK (Kawasan Hutan Dengan Tujuan Khusus) untuk Hutan Penelitian Labanan berada di kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur yang dikelola oleh B2P2EHD ini sudah sejak tahun 2014 bekerjasama untuk Pembangunan Penyelamatan dan Rehabilitasi Orangutan. “Perlindungan Orangutan dari kepunahan adalah tanggung jawab kita bersama. Beruntung sekali kami dapat lokasi dimana hutan hujan terbaik Kalimantan berada. Sekolah Hutan menjadi tempat favorit orangutan kecil untuk berlatih menumbuhkan instingnya.”, ujar Daniek Hendarto, manajer aksi Centre for Orangutan Protection. 

Selama tiga bulan setelah pelepasliaran Unyil, tim APE Guardian (tim monitoring pelepasliaran orangutan) tercatat berjumpa sebanyak empat kali. Unyil terlihat mampu bertahan di habitatnya yang baru. “Dia terlihat kehilangan bobotnya, tapi itu adalah hal yang wajar. Tiga bulan ini tentu menjadi masa sulit sekaliguskan masa yang sangat membebaskan. Unyil juga terlihat tidak suka bertemu dengan tim. Good job Unyil!”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, manajer COP Borneo, Berau, Kalimantan Timur.

SAVE ORANGUTAN ISLAND FROM COAL MINING

Temperature at the COP Borneo orangutan monitoring post, Merasa village, Kelay sub-district, East Kalimantan is getting hotter. The trees behind the camp in just a moment have turned to open land. Dazzling! River water looks murky. Dust is everywhere, and wearing masks and glasses help us comfortable. But what about the orangutans on the pre-release island?

Coal mining activities are increasingly approaching the orangutan pre-release island. The wind that blows towards the island cannot be controlled, carrying suffocating dust grains that also hurt our eyes. “How will the orangutan on the pre-release island survive? This condition disturbs the orangutan rehabilitation program! “, Said Reza Kurniawan, COP Borneo manager.

The orangutan pre-release island is an island that is used for orangutans final rehabilitation before being released into their new habitat. This island is a place for orangutans to practice living wild by minimizing human intervention. The island which since December 2015 has successfully released 5 orangutans back to their habitat. “This disturbing coal mining activity will certainly be a bad reputation for the company. Every company is trying to be part of the Orangutan protection effort which is an icon of Indonesia’s protected wildlife. How can KJB ignore this condition? “, Said Reza Kurniawan, worrying about the condition of orangutans on the island.

In your opinion, do orangutans have to succumb to coal mining? Provide support via email info@orangutanprotection.com or https://www.kitabisa.com/orangindo4orangutan

SELAMATKAN PULAU ORANGUTAN DARI TAMBANG BATUBARA

Suhu di pos monitoring orangutan COP Borneo, desa Merasa, kecamatan Kelay, Kalimantan Timur semakin panas. Pepohonan di belakang camp sesaat saja berganti dengan lahan terbuka. Silau! Air sungai terlihat keruh. Dan debu-debu beterbangan, penggunaan masker dan kacamata cukup membuat nyaman, tapi bagaimana dengan orangutan yang berada di pulau pra-rilis?

Aktivitas pertambangan batubara semakin mendekati pulau pra-rilis orangutan. Angin yang bertiup mengarah ke pulau tak mungkin bisa dikendalikan, membawa butiran debu yang menyesakkan dan memerihkan mata. “Bagaimana orangutan di pulau pra-rilis akan bertahan? Kondisi ini menganggu program rehabilitasi orangutan!”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, manajer COP Borneo. 

Pulau pra-rilis orangutan adalah pulau yang digunakan untuk orangutan rehabilitasi tahap akhir sebelum dilepasliarkan ke habitat barunya. Pulau ini akan menjadi tempat berlatih orangutan menjadi liar dengan meminimalisir campur tangan manusia. Pulau yang sejak Desember 2015 telah berhasil meluluskan 5 orangutannya kembali ke habitatnya. “Aktivitas pertambangan batubara yang menganggu ini tentu akan menjadi reputasi buruk bagi perusahaan. Setiap perusahaan sedang berusaha untuk ikut menjadi bagian dari usaha perlindungan Orangutan yang merupakan ikon satwa liar yang dilindungi Indonesia ini. Bagaimana mungkin KJB mengabaikan kondisi ini?”, tegas Reza Kurniawan, mengkawatirkan kondisi orangutan di pulau.

Menurutmu, apakah orangutan harus mengalah pada pertambangan batubara? Berikan dukungan melalui email info@orangutanprotection.com atau https://www.kitabisa.com/orangindo4orangutan

THREATENING ORANGUTAN, PALM OIL COMPANY, PT. GPM REPORTED TO KPK

Centre for Orangutan Protection urged the Corruption Eradication Commission to examine allegations of corruption in permit granting process related to the oil palm plantation business of PT. GPM in Berau district, East Kalimantan. PT. GPM is a subsidiary of PS Group which has a long track record in endangering the Borneo Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) and its habitat. Threat on orangutans is a clear evidence that there is something wrong with granting licenses, both technically and administratively, that involve all parties, the local government, companies and environmental consultants. COP also submitted a report on a case that had occurred previously at PT. AE, another PS Group subsidiary operating in East Kutai as supporting material for the investigation.

The concession area of PT. GPM is an area that has High Conservation Value, an important habitat for orangutans. Based on a survey conducted by BOSF, the density of orangutans in the concession area of PT. GPM reaches 2.54 individuals / km2, and there are 234 tree species (38% of orangutan tree species). When conducting a field check the Centre for Orangutan Protection team found orangutan along with her baby were in the location being cleared. The East Kalimantan BKSDA with the assistance of the COP has twice transferred adult male orangutans begging for food on the road side in the concession area of PT. GPM. It is estimated that these orangutans are very hungry and forested areas that are the source of food have been cleared. Besides those begging orangutans, COP also found female orangutans and their children in the same area.

The Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) is one of the most protected wildlife species in Indonesia under Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Biodiversity and its Ecosystem. The population continues to decline due to deforestation for palm oil plantations. The Centre for Orangutan Protection greatly appreciates KPK in arresting the local government heads that involved in corruption related to granting permits of forest and land-based business in Kalimantan. The PS Group’s case is expected to be one of the KPK’s important achievements in preventing state’s greater losses in the forestry sector.

For more information and interviews please contact:
Ramadhani
Campaign Manager
Centre for Orangutan Protection
Mobile: 081349271904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com

MENGANCAM ORANGUTAN, PERUSAHAAN SAWIT PT.GPM DILAPORKAN KE KPK
Centre for Orangutan Protection meminta Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi untuk memeriksa dugaan korupsi dalam proses pemberian ijin – ijin yang berkaitan dengan usaha perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. GPM di kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur. PT. GPM merupakan anak perusahaan PS Group yang memiliki rekam jejak panjang dalam membahayakan Orangutan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) dan habitatnya. Terancamnya orangutan merupakan bukti yang jelas dan terang bahwa ada yang keliru dalam pemberian ijin, baik secara teknis maupun administrasi, yangmana ini bisa melibatkan para pihak secara bersama – sama, baik Pemerintah Daerah, perusahaan dan konsultan lingkungan. COP juga menyerahkan laporan atas kasus yang terjadi sebelumnya di PT. AE, anak perusahaan PS Group lainnya yang beroperasi di Kutai Timur sebagai bahan pendukung penyelidikan.

Kawasan konsesi PT. GPM merupakan kawasan yang memiliki Nilai Konservasi Tinggi, habitat penting bagi orangutan. Berdasarkan survei yang dilakukan oleh BOSF, kepadatan orangutan di kawasan konsesi PT. GPM mencapai 2,54 individu/km2, serta terdapat 234 spesies pohon (38% spesies pohon pakan orangutan). Pada saat melakukan cek lapangan tim Centre for Orangutan Protection mendapati 1 (satu) individu orangutan berserta anaknya berada di lokasi yang sedang dilakukan pembabatan. BKSDA Kaltim dengan dibantu COP telah 2 (dua) kali mentranslokasikan orangutan jantan dewasa yang mengemis makanan di tepian jalan raya yang berada di dalam kawasan konsesi PT. GPM. Diperkirakan, orangutan – orangutan tersebut sangat kelaparan dan kawasan berhutan yang menjadi sumber makanan telah dibabat. Selain orangutan – orangutan jantan yang mengemis tersebut, COP juga pernah menemukan orangutan – orangutan betina dan anaknya di kawasan yang sama.

Orangutan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) merupakan salah satu spesies satwa liar yang paling dilindungi di Indonesia berdasarkan Undang – Undang Nomor 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati dan Ekosistemnya. Populasinya terus merosot dikarenakan pembabatan hutan untuk membuka perkebunan kelapa sawit. Centre for Orangutan Protection sangat mengapresasi kerja – kerja KPK dalam menangkap para Kepala Daerah yang terlibat korupsi dalam pemberian ijin – ijin usaha berbasis lahan dan hutan di Kalimantan. Kasus PS Group ini diharapkan akan menjadi salah satu capaian penting KPK dalam mencegah kerugian negara yang lebih besar di bidang kehutanan.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dan wawancara silakan menghubungi:
Ramadhani
Manajer Kampanye
Centre for Orangutan Protection
HP: 081349271904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com

INDONESIAN COALITION URGES GOVERMENT TO SAVE TAPANULI ORANGUTAN, PROTECT “WONDERFUL INDONESIA”

Controversial US$ 1.6 billion dam project backed by China and Dharmawangsa Group threatens extinction of the rare Pongo tapanuliensis orangutan
JAKARTA, 5 March 2019 – The stage is set for a crucial showdown in a long-running battle to save a newly discovered rare species of orangutan from possible extinction at the hands of a planned US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric dam project. The state administrative court in Medan ruled yesterday in narrow terms that it would not halt the construction of the dam. In the wake of that decision, a coalition of Indonesian organizations and international leaders are calling on the government to cancel the dam project and protect the ecosystem for the long term.
The proposed dam project, being constructed on the Batang Toru River, North Sumatra, by Chinese hydroelectric giant Sinohydro with financing from the Bank of China threatens the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan species, as well as thousands of local people whose livelihoods will be put a risk.

The Tapanuli orangutan was only identified as a new species in 2017, the seventh great ape species in the world. Despite being newly identified, it is already perilously close to extinction with a population now numbering less than 800 individuals. It is estimated that the population has almost halved since 1985, and that it will continue to decline unless comprehensive protection measures are implemented.

The US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant, the largest on the island of Sumatra, is scheduled for completion by 2022. However, the dam was planned before the identification of the Tapanuli orangutan – meaning the environmental planning process didn’t consider the risk of extinction to this species.

The ownership of the project, considered part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a maze of overlapping Indonesian and Chinese entities, Chinese finance, and the Chinese state-owned company Sinohydro.

“Chinese investment has the potential to do a lot of good, but this project risks tarring the reputation of the Belt and Road Initiative,” said Panut Hadisiwoyo, Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). “We hope that the Chinese government will reconsider this project in light of the discovery of the Tapanuli orangutan: can you imagine a foreign-funded project that threatens the Giant Panda with extinction ever being approved?”

One potential beneficiary of the dam is the nearby the Martabe gold mine, which is currently set to expand further into Tapanuli orangutan habitat. The mine is owned by a subsidiary of the giant British conglomerate Jardines Matheson, which has previously been criticized for its palm oil subsidiary’s tens of thousands of acres of deforestation of Sumatran orangutan habitat.

“Jardines has already profited from destroying tens of thousands of acres of Indonesian forests, and now it’s trying to mine gold that would forever be linked to the deaths of Tapanuli orangutans,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO Mighty Earth, an organization that has urged Jardines to help protect the Tapanuli. “Nobody wants to buy a gold necklace or wedding ring that is associated with killing an endangered species.”

The Dharma Hydro company, part of the Dharmawangsa Group, is also linked to the project. Dharma Hydro is the largest shareholder in North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE), the company behind the dam project. Paradoxically, even as it helps develop a dam that would inundate habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the Dharmawangsa Group is marketing a new resort it is developing on the island of Beilitung as an “eco resort.”

Environmental assessments have found that the construction and operation of the dam and power plant will also threaten the livelihoods of thousands of downstream local residents who rely on the river’s ecosystem for their survival for fisheries, agriculture, transport, and daily water needs.

“The Indonesian government spends millions of dollars on advertising to promote our natural treasures through the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign,” said Hardi Baktiantoro from Center of Orangutan Protection, who also joined the interview. “President Jokowi should protect that investment by focusing on responsible energy and infrastructure projects that can meet our power needs while protecting Indonesia’s wildlife.”

These enormous threats likely would come with few benefits. The dam has among the lowest benefit-to-cost ratios of any planned hydro-energy project in the region. It would operate only during peak times and carries projected cost of over US$1.6 billion. NSHE is also planning to build the dam in an area of intense geological activity, putting the project and surrounding communities at risk of earthquakes with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Reports have documented that there is no pressing need for the energy that would beproduced by the dam and shown that there are viable alternatives for energy production in the region. For example, the nearby 330 MW Sarulla geothermal project produces clean energy and can be upgraded to 1 GW if needed to meet the flexible or peak load power needs the dam is supposedly designed to address – and all without posing a risk to the Tapanuli orangutan.

“Indonesia can meet its infrastructure and energy needs without threatening the Tapanuli orangutan or wasting massive amounts of money on the Batang Toru dam – there are options for geothermal, solar power, or even smaller, less expensive and damaging hydro projects,” said Arrum from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. “Ultimately, it is going to be us, the Indonesian people, that will have to pay back this enormous loan in our electricity bills”.

Further information, please contact:
Mighty Earth
Glenn Hurowitz
CEO
glenn@waxmanstrategies.com

Image Dynamics
Ayunda Putri
+62 8122 00 1411 (phone & text) / +62 8977 400 788 (whatsApp)
ayunda.prisdiani@gmail.com

TWO SUN BEARS TAKE A MEDICAL TEST

There are two sun bears at the office of Natural Resources Agency (BKSDA) Berau, East Kalimantan. The APE Defender team has just taken their blood samples for the lab test. The team did not face any difficulties during anesthesia so the sampling process can run quickly.

Barbie, the female sun bear, has been kept illegally for more than five years. She was still a baby when being pet and grown up for five years with humans. It has made Barbie become so tame. After being confiscated from Bulungan resident and limited human contact in the BKSDA enclosure, currently, Barbie is very difficult to be touched.

The same thing happens for the male sun bear from Kayan Mentarang National Park, Tanjung Selor, East Kalimantan. When arriving at BKSDA Berau, Jantan (the bear name) is still wild. “The condition of the small cage seems to make him stressed. The fur around his face falls down. This has happened since the end of December 2018, “said vet Flora.

The condition of the sun bears is quite good. It prompted the APE Defender team to conduct a deeper medical test for the preparation of their release. The number of Kalimantan sun bears continues to decline, as the forest loss continues. Center for Orangutan Protection together with BKSDA Berau hope that the release of these sun bears can maintain the ecosystem balance. “We believe that every individual of wildlife has an important role in nature,” said Reza Kurniawan, coordinator of the APE Guardian team, a team formed to release wildlife back into their habitat.

Help COP through this site https://www.kitabisa.com/orangindo4orangutan for the release process. (IND)

DUA BERUANG MADU JALANI TES MEDIS
Ada dua beruang madu sebagai penghuni kantor BKSDA Seksi 1 Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Tim APE Defender baru saja mengambil contoh darah untuk diperiksa. Tim tidak begitu mengalami kesulitan saat pembiusan sehingga proses pengambilan sample bisa berjalan dengan cepat.

Beruang madu berjenis kelamin betina yang kami sebut Barbie adalah beruang madu yang telah dipelihara warga secara ilegal selama lebih lima tahun. Lamanya masa pemeliharaan ini dan usianya yang waktu itu masih bayi membuat beruang Barbie menjadi jinak. Namun setelah diserahkan dari warga Bulungan dan terbatas bertemu manusia di kandang BKSDA Berau, Barbie semakin sulit untuk didekati.

Begitu pula dengan beruang madu jantan yang berasal dari Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang, Tanjung Selor, Kalimantan Timur. Saat tiba di BKSDA SKW 1 Berau, Jantan (panggilannya) hingga saat ini masih sangat liar. “Kondisi kandang yang kecil sepertinya membuat dirinya mulai stres, rambut disekitar mukanya rontok. Ini sudah terjadi sejak akhir Desember 2018 yang lalu.”, ujar drh. Flora prihatin.

Kondisi beruang madu cukup baik ini lah yang mendorong tim APE Defender melakukan pemeriksaan lebih dalam, untuk keperluan pelepasliarannya. Jumlah beruang madu Kalimantan terus mengalami penurunan, seiring semakin hilangnya hutan. Centre for Orangutan Protection bersama BKSDA Berau berharap, kembalinya sepasang beruang madu ini ke alam, dapat menjaga keseimbangan alam. “Kami percaya setiap individu satwa liar memiliki peran penting di alam.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, kordinator tim APE Guardian, tim yang terbentuk untuk melepasliarkan satwa kembali ke habitatnya.

APE DEFENDER SAVED ONE BABY ORANGUTAN

Finally, the APE Defender team with the Berau BKSDA succeeded in rescuing a female orangutan in the village of Long Beliu, East Kalimantan. This 1-2 year old baby has been under illegal captive of a resident since November 2018. According to the resident, the small orangutan was found on the roadside of Wahau when crossing the road alone. Feeling sorry, this baby orangutan was brought home and kept in a 1.5 x 1 meter wooden cage.

In April, July and August 2017, APE Defender has carried out translocation of adult male orangutans entering community palm oil plantations and eating palm oil seedlings. Other male orangutans were also found entering residents’ settlements and the last one was the orangutan with a wounded head was found on the roadside of the Muara Wahau, East Kalimantan.

What happened along the Muara Wahau road that forced the orangutans who usually avoid busy road to be there? COP’s fast-moving team to protect habitats as orangutan homes do not just remain silent. “Maybe there is something wrong with the habitat, so the orangutans are pushed into the settlements or plantations. Orangutans are explorers. They will continue to move and make a nest during the day and evening to rest. With instincts they look for food to survive.”

Inform us via email to info@orangutanprotection.com or COP social media (IG:@orangutan_cop), (FB page: @saveordelete), (Twitter: @orangutan_cop). Orangutan protection is our shared responsibility. (EBO)

APE DEFENDER SELAMATKAN SATU BAYI ORANGUTAN
Akhirnya, tim APE Defender bersama BKSDA Berau berhasil menyelamatkan satu anak orangutan betina di kampung Long Beliu, Kalimantan Timur. Bayi berusia 1-2 tahun ini berada dalam pemeliharaan ilegal seorang warga sejak November 2018 yang lalu. Menurutnya, orangutan kecil tersebut ditemukan di pinggir jalan poros Wahau saat menyebrang jalan sendirian. Karena merasa kasihan, orangutan yang masih bayi ini dibawa pulang ke rumah dan dipelihara di kandang kayu berukuran 1,5 x 1 meter.

Pada April, Juli dan Agustus 2017, APE Defender telah melakukan translokasi orangutan jantan dewasa yang memasuki perkebunan kelapa sawit warga dan memakan bibit sawit. Orangutan jantan lainnya juga ditemukan memasuki pemukiman warga dan terakhir orangutan dengan kepala terluka ditemukan di pinggir jalan poros Muara Wahau, Kalimantan Timur.

Apa yang terjadi sepanjang jalan Muara Wahau ini, hingga orangutan berada di jalan yang biasanya mereka hindari karena ramainya kendaraan melintas? Tim gerak cepat COP untuk perlindungan habitat sebagai rumah orangutan tak hanya tinggal diam. “Mungkin ada yang salah dengan habitatnya, sehingga orangutan terdesak masuk ke pemukiman ataupun perkebunan. Orangutan adalah satwa penjelajah. Dia akan terus bergerak dan membuat sarang saat siang maupun sore hari untuk istirahatnya. Dengan nalurinya dia mencari makanan untuk bertahan hidup.”.

Informasikan kami lewat email info@orangutanprotection.com atau media sosial COP (IG: @orangutan_cop), (FB page: @saveordelete), (Twitter: @orangutan_cop). Perlindungan orangutan adalah tanggung jawab kita bersama.

NOVI AND HIS MOST FAVORITE FRUIT

Novi, the male orangutan ex-rehab, often makes the monitoring team into chaos. After not being tracked for nearly two weeks after the release, Novi showed up his existence by hanging on a tree. Then the next two days the team lost his track again. Furthermore, two days later the team was surprised by Novi’s appearance around where the team saw him at the last time.

Novi continues to be seen swinging here and there in the Kenari tree (species of Sapindaceae or soapberry family). “Novi loves the Kenari very much,” said Yusak, one of our rangers who was filling out the orangutan food form. It can be proven by the form. From the early minutes Yusak noted, Novi ate a lot of Kenari fruits.

Apparently, Novi likes the sweet-sour taste of the fruit. The monitoring team also try Kenari fruit to fulfill their curiosity. Once there was a Kenari dropped by Novi from a 20-meters tree, someone rushed to pick it up. The first bite made Widi’s face shrink. “I thought it was sweet, but it is very sour,” said Widi, the APE Guardian team volunteer. No wonder why, Novi dropped the unripe fruit. This fruit looks like almonds with white flesh in it. If it is unripe, the skin color is green. But when it is ripe, the skin color turns black and the flavor is a little sweet.

Novi did not want to get away from Kenari trees. For several times Novi was observed making nests near that tree. “Maybe after waking up Novi will immediately eat Kenari,” thought the ranger. Apparently, the prediction went true. From 05.00 WITA the team monitored Novi, the orangutan came out from the nest. As soon as he woke up, he immediately rushed to swing towards the Kenari tree.

Rangers were optimistic that Novi could be an agent in regenerating forests, after finding that Novi’s feces are mixed with dozens of Kenari seeds, scattered far away from the main tree. (IND)

BUAH KENARI KESUKAAN NOVI
Individu orangutan jantan bernama Novi ini memang kerap membuat tim monitoring kalang kabut. Setelah tidak terpantau jejaknya hampir selama dua pekan paska rilis, Novi kembali menunjukkan eksistensinya dengan bergelantungan di pohon. lalu dua hari berikutnya tim kembali kehilangan jejaknya. Selanjutnya, selang dua hari tim dibuat terkejut dengan kemunculan Novi di sekitar lokasi terakhir tim kehilangan jejak Novi.

Novi terus terlihat berayun kesana kemari di pohon kenari. “Ternyata si Novi ini suka buah kenari,” ucap Yusak salah seorang ranger yang tengah mengisi form pakan orangutan. Bagaimana tidak, dari menit awal Yusak mencatat, Novi banyak sekali makan buah kenari.

Rupanya, Novi suka rasa manis masam buah itu. Sampai-sampai membuat tim monitoring ingin mencicipi rasa buah kenari. Begitu ada buah kenari yang dijatuhkan Novi dari ketinggian pohon sekitar 20 meter, ada yang bergegas mengambilnya. Gigitan pertama membuat wajah Widi mengkerut. “Kukira manis, ternyata rasanya masam,” ungkap Widi relawan Tim APE Guardian. Pantas saja masam, ternyata Novi menjatuhkan buah kenari yang belum matang. Buah yang bentuknya mirip kacang almond ini, memiliki daging berwarna putih di dalamnya. Jika belum matang warna kulitnya hijau, begitu buahnya matang warna kulitnya berubah menjadi hitam dan ada tambahan rasa sedikit manis.

Saking doyan dan suka dengan buah ini, Novi tak ingin jauh-jauh dari pohon kenari. Beberapa kali Novi terpantau membuat sarang di dekat pohon kenari. “Mungkin setelah bangun tidur Novi bisa langsung makan buah kenari,” pikir para ranger. Ternyata perkiraan itu tidak meleset. Dari pukul 05.00 WITA tim memantau Novi yang kala itu masih mendekam di sarang, begitu terbangun Novi langsung bergegas berayun menuju pohon kenari.

Para ranger optimis bahwa Novi bisa menjadi agen dalam meregenerasi hutan, setelah menemukan kotoran Novi bercampur dengan puluhan biji kenari tercecer jauh dari pohon induknya. (REZ)

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