HERCULES TRICK, THE BUILDER

How is Hercules? Hercules which was once the largest, dashing and authoritative in the Unmul Samarinda Botanical Garden (KRUS)? Unfortunately, his development is surpassed by orangutans of the same age like Oki and Untung, who have now been released back into their habitat. Then how is he after being withdrawn from the pre-release island of COP Borneo?

Hercules who lost the competition, had to spend his days in the quarantine cage of the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center, Berau, East Kalimantan. The medical team tried hard to improve his health which had fallen sharply. But the development of his behavior has not changed much.

Hercules in a cage is not much different from Hercules on the island. Every morning and evening when an animal nurse comes to his cage to feed him, he will try to make a nest from the remains of corn husk in her hammock. Just like on the island when he is about to be fed, Hercules looks busy making nests from the grass around the orangutan feedlot.

“Les … come down Les. cage washing is done. Now it’s time to eat. No need to pretend to build a nest again. “, Said Steven, the animal keeper. Then in a few moment later Hercules came down from his hammock to eat.

Is ‘making a nest’ just a trick from Hercules to get fed? Hmmm … we’ll see. (EBO)

TRIK HERCULES, SI PEMBUAT SARANG

Apakabarnya Hercules? Hercules yang dulunya paling besar, gagah dan berwibawa di Kebun Raya Unmul Samarinda (KRUS)? Sayang, perkembangannya didahului orangutan seumurannya seperti Oki bahkan Untung yang kini sudah dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya. Lalu apakabarnya Hercules setelah penarikannya dari pulau pra-pelepasliaran COP Borneo?

Hercules yang kalah bersaing, harus menghabiskan hari-harinya di kandang karantina pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo, Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Tim medis berusaha keras memperbaiki kesehatannya yang sempat merosot tajam. Namun perkembangan tingkah lakunya tak banyak berubah.

Hercules di kandang tidak jauh berbeda dengan Hercules di pulau. Setiap pagi dan sore saat perawat satwa mendatangi kandangnya untuk memberi makan, dia akan berusaha membuat sarang dari sisa-sisa kulit jagung di hammocknya. Sama seperti di pulau saat dia akan diberi makan, Hercules terlihat sibuk membuat sarang dari rumput-rumput yang ada di sekitaran tempat pemberian pakan orangutan.

“Les… turun Les. Cuci kandang sudah selesai. Sekarang waktunya makan. Tidak perlu pura-pura buat sarang lagi.”, sahut Steven, animal keeper yang bertugas. Tak menunggu lama, Hercules pun turun dari hammock untuk makan. 

Apakah ‘membuat sarang’ itu hanya trik Hercules agar diberi makan? Hmmm… kita lihat saja nanti. (FLO)

SCHOOL VISIT AT BINUS SERPONG

Tuesday, May 7 2019 COP had the opportunity to conduct a school visit program at the Binus Serpong school. The event was rescheduled to the next day because of the holiday fasting. The mini library hall was almost fully filled when the COP team arrived. They were teenagers from 11th grade who seemed eager to listen to information about orangutans. 

The one and half hour session ran smoothly with presentation and fruitful discussion. There are many questions from students, especially what they can do. They are interested in the adoption concept which allows them to be directly involved in saving orangutans. As a follow up to the session, the students created campaign posters to save orangutan.

After the session ended, Tristan and Gideon, representatives from the Student Council came to the COP team to elaborate ideas. Currently they are organizing a fundraising activity called HOPE, where they put empty bottles at various points in the school to be filled with donations. They have chosen 4 potential recipients of donations where the plan is one of them is COP. We also talk in more detail about what students can do to help. The discourse to conduct a field visit to Borneo COP also surfaced. “The live-in program in the Dayak village and the visit of the COP rehabilitation center is very possible, but we need to finalize the concept so as not to disturb the rehabilitation program itself, also other preparations should be done. At present the most immediate benefit is the adoption and donation program. There are orangutans like Owi, Happi and Popi who are in our adoption lists.”, Ebo, Education Specialist from COP, explained. “Owi, there is HOPE from Binus Serpong!” (EBO)

 

KUNJUNGAN KE SEKOLAH BINUS SERPONG 

Selasa, 7 Mei 2019 COP berkesempatan melakukan program school visit di sekolah Binus Serpong. Jadwal acara sendiri diundur sehari karena liburan awal puasa. Aula mini perpustakaan sudah hampir terisi penuh saat tim COP datang. Mereka adalah 200an remaja-remaja dari kelas 11 yang tampak semangat untuk mendengarkan informasi terkait orangutan.

Presentasi sendiri berlangsung sangat cair, tidak terasa satu setengah jam berlalu dengan presentasi dan tanya jawab. Ada banyak pertanyaan dari siswa terutama apa yang bisa mereka lakukan. Mereka tertarik dengan konsep adopsi yang memungkinkan mereka bisa terlibat langsung dalam penyelamatan orangutan. 

Setelah sesi berakhir, Tristan dan Gideon, perwakilan dari OSIS mendatangi tim COP untuk bertukar pikiran. Mereka sendiri sedang mengorganisasi kegiatan yang dinamai HOPE, dimana mereka meletakkan botol-botol kosong di berbagai titik di sekolah untuk diisi donasi. Mereka telah memilih 4 calon penerima donasi di mana rencananya salah satunya adalah COP. Kita juga berbicara lebih mendetail kira-kira apa yang bisa siswa lakukan untuk membantu. Wacana untuk melakukan kunjungan lapangan ke COP Borneo juga mencuat. “Program live in di perkampungan Dayak dan kunjungan pusat rehabiltasi COP itu sangat dimungkinkan, namun kami perlu mematangkan konsepnya supaya tidak mengganggu program rehabilitasi itu sendiri serta persiapan-persiapan lainnya. Saat ini yang paling langsung terasa manfaatnya adalah progam adopsi dan donasi. Ada orangutan Owi yang sedang mencari orangtua asuh, juga Happi dan Popi.” Terang Ebo, Education Specialist dari COP. “Owi, ada harapan (hope) dari Binus Serpong!” (EBO)

UNTUNG SURVIVES IN HIS HABITAT

Fruit season is the best time to release orangutan to its habitat. However, it does not last forever. The season will also end and change. When it ends it will be a difficult time for the released orangutans.

Untung and Unyil are rehabilitated orangutans that released back to their habitat. We are quite satisfied with the release point in early April 2019. Trees around the release point were bearing fruit and abundant food. As natural food gets fewer, Untung and Unyil are seen moving to explore the forest which is a new habitat for both.

“Both orangutans are seen eating young leaves, tree cambium and occasional ant nests.”, Said Reza Kurniawan, primate expert at the Center for Orangutan Protection. Found in separate places, both Untung and Unyil frequently drink in the creek. Untung was also seen eating young flowers and leaves around the creek. “We call it water apple,” said Yosep Wan, the ranger who filled the orangutan feed data. The trees are not high and the flowers are abundant, making Untung liked to spend a long time in the river. Untung ate it heartily, the flowers he chewed sounded so delicious.

Only around 4 pm, the team lost track of Untung again. Untung ran away from the rangers because he avoided bees that attacked him. He grabbed a tree branch quickly and moved from one tree to another, until the team could no longer see him. (EBO)

UNTUNG BERTAHAN HIDUP DI HABITAT BARUNYA

Musim buah adalah masa yang paling tepat untuk melepasliarkan orangutan rehabilitasi. Namun, itu tidak bisa berlangsung sepanjang waktu. Musim buah juga akan berhenti dan berganti. Saat itu akan menjadi masa yang sulit bagi orangutan rehabilitasi.

Untung dan Unyil adalah orangutan rehabilitasi yang dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya, cukup puas dengan titik pelepasliaran di awal April 2019. Pohon-pohon di sekitar titik pelepasliaran sedang berbuah dan makanan melimpah. Seiring semakin menipisnya pakan alami, Untung dan Unyil terlihat bergerak menjelajah hutan yang merupakan habitat baru untuk keduanya. 

“Kedua orangutan terlihat makan daun muda, kambium pohon dan sesekali sarang semut.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, ahli primata Centre for Orangutan Protection. Ditemukan dalam tempat terpisah, baik Untung maupun Unyil memperbanyak minum di anak sungai. Untung juga tercatat makan bunga dan daun-daun muda di sekitaran anak sungai. “Kalau kami menyebutnya jambu air.”, kata Yosep Wan, ranger yang mengisi data pakan orangutan. Pohonnya yang tidak tinggi dan bunganya yang melimpah membuat Untung betah berlama-lama di sungai. Saking lahapnya Untung makan, bunga yang dikunyahnya terdengar begitu lezat.

Baru sekitar pukul 16.00 WITA, tim kehilangan jejak Untung lagi. Untung berlari menjauhi ranger karena menghindari kawanan lebah yang telah menyerangnya. Ia meraih ranting pohon dengan cepatnya dan berpindah dari satu pohon ke pohon yang lainnya, sampai tim tak lagi bisa melihat batang hidungnya. (WID)

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