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)

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