His name is NYATA

NYATA is a reality we have to face in Kalimantan nowadays. Just same shit different places: forest being cleared to make way for oil palm plantation or coal mining. The staffs of Kutai National Park brought him to Wildlife Authority facility in Samarinda, then we took him to their facility in Tenggarong. According to them, they confiscated from a local nearby park that kept it for 5 years already. We confidence that the story simply a hoax. NYATA is about 3 years old and still very wild. He looked nervous and mad when we approach him. He scream and smack food container and everything he can inside the cage. He try to warn us for not get closer. We decided to leave him alone today. However we promised to him to take to our centre soon once he is ready for a long land trip.

 

NYATA adalah kenyataan yang harus kami hadapi setiap hari di Kalimantan. Hanya masalah yang sama, tempatnya saja yan beda: hutan dibabat untuk membuka perkebunan kelapa sawit atau tambang batubara. Staff Taman Nasional Kutai membawanya ke kantor BKSDA di Samarinda lalu kami membawanya ke fasilitasnya di Tenggarong. Menurut mereka, dia disita dari seorang warga yang telah memeliharanya selama 5 tahun di dekat Taman Nasional. Kami yakin bahwa itu bohong. NYATA berusia sekitar 3 tahun dan masih sangat liar. Dia kelihatan sangat gugup dan marah ketika kami mencoba mendekatinya. Dia menjerit dan membanting wadah makanan dan apa saja yang bisa diraihnya dalam kandang. Dia mencoba peringatkan kami untuk tidak mendekat. Kami memutuskan untuk membiarkannya dulu hari ini. Bagaimanapun juga kami berjanji untuk kembali dan membawanya ke Pusat Reintroduksi kami segera setelah dia siap untuk perjalanan darat yang jauh.

 

Last day in the temporary shelter

Today is the last day for Michelle and friends  at the KRUS Zoo. It was an abandoned zoo that located inside the Samarinda Botanical Garden. We converted them into a temporary shelter. We take over the management and improve the facilities to meet with the minimum standard of animal welfare.  We train the keepers, increase their salaries and conduct forest school for orangutans just like in reintroduction centre.  However, that is not a suitable place for them. They deserve to be a free orangutan in the wild. Then we develop a rehabilitation centre for them in Labanan, North Kalimantan, about 15 hours drive from current location. After 6 months development, now the centre ready for them. We will move them all tomorrow. Helping orangutan is a big decision, in term of resources. We invested a lot of money and time. We spent at least 50.000 dollar for the last 5 years in KRUS and more in Labanan. It will not happen without support.

Hari ini adalah hari terakhir bagi Michelle dan teman – temannya berada di KRUS, sebuah kebun binatang telantar  yang berada dalam Kebun Raya Samarinda. Kami mengubahnya menjadi tempat penampungan sementara bagi orangutan. Kami melatih para perawat satwa, menaikkan gajinya dan menjalankan sekolah hutan bagi anak – anak orangutan selayaknya pusat reintroduksi. Bagaimanapun juga, itu bukan tempat yang sesuai bagi mereka, Mereka layak mendapatkan kesempatan untuk mejadi orangutan bebas di alam liar. Lalu kami membangun pusat reintroduksi di Labanan, Kalimantan Utara, kira kira 15 jam mengemudi dari tempatnay sekarang ini. Setelah 6 bulan pembangunan, kini pusat itu sedah siap untuk mereka. Kami akan memindahkan semuanya besok. Menolong orangutan adalah keputusan besar dalam hal sumber daya. Kita telah menginvestasikan banyak sekali uang dan waktu. Kita telah menghabiskan dana setidaknya 500 juta rupiah di KRUS selama 5 tahun terakhir ini dan akan lebih banyak lagi di Labanan. Itu semua tidak mungkin tanpa dukungan anda.

11 operations, 146 rescued

The internet is the world’s largest marketplace. Largely unregulated, anonymous, open 24 hours a day and virtually unlimited in reach, it offers endless opportunities for criminal activities, among them a flourishing illegal trade in protected wildlife. Since 2012, COP and Ministry of Forestry and Indonesian Police conducted 11 raids. It saved 146 protected and rare wild animals. At least 14 people grilled and 8 people jailed.
No doubt that COP is one of the most effective group in combating wildlife trafficking in Indonesia. Wildlife trade cause needless suffering for animals.

Internet adalah pasar terbesar di dunia. Sebagian besar tidak diatur, anonim, buka 24 jam sehari dan jangkauannya tak terbatas, menawarkan kesempatan tak terbatas untuk kegiatan kriminal, di antaranya adalah perdagangan ilegal satwa liar yang dilindungi. Sejak tahun 2012, COP bersekutu dengan Kementerian Kehutanan dan Kepolisian Indonesia telah melaksanakan 11 kali operasi penggerebekan. 146 satwa liar langka yang yang dilindungi berhasil diselamatkan. Setidaknya 14 orang diinterigasi dan 8 diantaranya telah dipenjara. Tidak diragukan lagi COP adalah salah satu kelompok paling efektif dalam memerangi perdagangan satwa liar di Indonesia. Perdagangan menyebabkan penderitaan yang tak perlu pada satwa liar.

FACEBOOK, PLEASE STOP BECOME CRIME MEDIA TOWARDS WILDLIFE

Yogyakarta – The method for illegal wild animals trafficking is getting more advanced along with technology developments. One of the most common method is by using Facebook or online advertising. Facebook is the easiest communication tool between sellers to trade protected or non-protected wild animals. Mostly, sellers will create a closed communication group to promote and trade wild animals. 

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NEW APE WARRIOR, COP RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

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Coinciding with their 8th anniversary, the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) launched the APE Warrior 2 car to replace APE Warrior. The APE Warrior vehicle has been retired after 5 years of roaming around Java, Sumatra and Bali. APE Warrior was originally called the Mobile Education Unit (MECU) and was based at COP headquarters in Jakarta. However, the COP ultimately needed to expand it to become a separate team like APE Crusader and APE Defender in Kalimantan. Physically, the APE Warrior 2 vehicle (a 2500 cc Ford Everest) is more powerful than its predecessor (a 1500 cc Toyota Rush). Subsequently, its power can be equated with the other vehicles (2500 cc Mitsubishi Tritons) that are being used in Kalimantan.

 

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THE BIODIVERSITY OF LABANAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST

THE BIODIVERSITY OF LABANAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST

Far in depths of the tropical rain forest in northern Kalimantan, the Centre for Orangutan Protection is in the process of building an Orangutan Rescue Centre in the Special Purpose Forest Conservation district (KHDTK) which is governed by government institute DIPTEROCARPA.  The conditions in the Labanan rain forest are ideal for rehabilitating orangutan and any other species which requires special attention before being returned to the wild. The Labanan tropical rainforest is lowland forest and as a result its characteristics and complex biodiversity, differs from other types of forest. In the Labanan rain forest there are several lakes and karst caves which add to the complexity of the ecosystem in an area. 

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Drone for Orangutans

Ladies and gentlemen, starting today you will get better images from field to know the latest situation. Thanks to Palm Oil Investigation, Orangutan Crisis Foundation and With Compassion & Soul for sponsoring a drone. This DJI Phantom drone equipped with camera Go Pro 3 Black Edition. Tuan dan Nyonya sekalian, mulai hari ini anda akan mendapatkan gambar – gambar yang lebih baik dari lapangan untuk mengetahui situasi terkini. Terima kasih kepada Palm Oil Investigation, Orangutan Crisis Foundation and With Compassion & Soul yang telah membelikan sebuah drone. Drone DJI Phantom ini dilengkapi dengan camera Go Pro 3 Black Edition.

PROVEN, ORANGUTAN HABITAT IS EVICTED IN BERAU

Ministry of Forestry team (Kemenhut) has completed the verification report on eviction of orangutan habitat in the concession area of PT. BSS in Berau. Verification itself witnessed by APE Defender team from COP as the reporter and PT. BSS as the owner of the concession area. The results showed that orangutan habitat is cleared for palm oil plantations. The coordinates reported by COP was located in the concession area of PT. BSS and photo and video documentation is also very convincing. unfortunately, the landscape has completely changed. The landscape has been planted with palm oil. Before, PT. BSS clarified that their company has been formed task force for orangutan. During observation for the last 4 months they have not found any sign existences of orangutan.

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13 ORANGUTANS ALLEGEDLY KILLED IN PT SCC, CENTRAL KALIMANTAN

PALANGKARAYA – 13 orangutans allegedly killed after the island that located inside PT. SCC concession area burned and the trees been cut down. The island is a forested area with a width of 200 meters and a length of 2000 meters, surrounded by a deep trench. Thus Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) report to Central Kalimantan BKSDA. Previously, following up on reports of the COP, on 9 November 2013 Central Kalimantan BKSDA already deployed a team to monitor the situation in the location. Those 13 orangutans its remaining 9 (nine) orangutans that had been evacuated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Foundation (BOSF) on 19-20 February 2013. BOSF has stop evacuation efforts because the company did not demonstrate sufficient commitment to protect the orangutans.

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