IN 5 HOURS, LECI AND NOVI DISAPPEAR

The first week of November was a week of great relief. The release of Novi and Leci began with a series of ceremonies at the Lesan Dayak village hall. The team was very grateful, the director of Biodiversity Conservation (Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati – KKH). drh. Indra Exploitasia, M.Si speed up the ceremony, so that the monitoring team had the opportunity to follow the two orangutans longer. “ Mrs. Indra really understands our condition. Because after the cage opened, wherever orangutan goes, we have to follow them to make sure that they can survive in their new home.”, said Reza Kurniawan, the captain of APE Guardian COP.

At 11.00 WITA, via river and land, the release team came to release point. In less than 5 secs, Leci already on the tree and started to drive the team away. Not long after that, Novi’s cage was opened. In about 5 hours, the team recorded Novi and Leci’s activities. They were seen together and sounded like they wanted to be left alone.

At 16.00 WITA o’clock, the monitoring team lost track of Novi and Leci. “Both of these orangutans are like wild orangutans. It’s very difficult to follow them. Their fast move make it difficult for the team to catch up.”, said Bit, a local ranger who had known the forest for a long time.

After the release, the monitoring team continued to patrol every morning and evening with different routes, hoping to meet one of the two released orangutan. For almost two weeks, the team still haven’t had meet them. (SAR)

DALAM WAKTU 5 JAM, LECI DAN NOVI PUN HILANG
Minggu pertama November adalah minggu yang sangat melegakan. Pelepasliaran orangutan Novi dan Leci diawali serangkaian seremoni di Balai Kampung Lesan Dayak. Tim bersyukur sekali, direktur KKH (Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati) drh. Indra Exploitasia, M.Si mempercepat upacara ini, sehingga tim monitoring berkesempatan untuk mengikuti kedua orangutan lebih lama lagi. “Ibu Indra benar-benar memahami kondisi kami. Karena setelah pintu kandang dibuka, kemana pun orangutan pergi, kami harus mengikutinya untuk memastikan, orangutan mampu bertahan di rumah barunya.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, kapten APE Guardian COP.

Pukul 11.00 WITA, melalui jalur sungai dan darat, tim pelepasliaran tiba di titik pelepasliaran. Tidak sampai 5 detik, Leci sudah berada di atas pohon dan mulai mengusir tim. Tak lama kemudian pintu kandang Novi pun dibuka. Selama kurang lebih lima jam, tim masih mencatat aktivitas Novi maupun Leci. Mereka terlihat berdua dan mengeluarkan suara mengusir.

Tepat pukul 16.00 WITA, tim monitoring kehilangan jejak Novi dan Leci. “Kedua orangutan ini sudah seperti orangutan liar. Sulit sekali mengikuti mereka. Gerakan yang cepat membuat tim kesulitan mengejar.”, ujar Bit, ranger lokal yang sudah mengenal hutan ini sejak lama.

Paska pelepasliaran, tim monitoring masih terus patroli setiap pagi dan sore hari dengan jalur yang berbeda, tentu saja berharap bertemu dengan salah satu dari kedua orangutan yang dilepasliarkan. Hampir dua minggu, tim masih tak berjumpa juga. (NIK)

A PROCESS JUST LIKE SCHOOL

We simplified the rehabilitation of orangutans just like school process. Because orangutan rehabilitation centre is not an animal breed. Most of orangutans who entered the rehabilitation centre are the victims of conflicts such as illegally kept as pet and have medical issues (got trapped, etc)

Orangutans that have been long in captivity are not good at climbing. They do not know how to find food, make a nest, even they do not know who their natural enemies are. They’re no longer orangutans, but have became a citizen.

During their time in rehabilitation centre, orangutans will go to school forest i.e. their cage will be open every morning and animal keepers will take them to “school” in the jungle. Animal keepers are not their teachers who teach, but other orangutans in the same class will become their stimulant or examples for others to follow and imitate. In the evening, they return to their cage.

We analogize entering elementary school as learning how to climb, moving from one tree to another, until well practiced. Then, they’ll enter senior high school to learn how to find and recognize their natural food and learn to make nests. We consider they’ve entered the senior high school when they start skipping a lot, which they tend to disappear in the school forest, not willing to go back when it’s late, because they’re already comfortable in their nests. That’s the sign that they’re becoming wild.

Before they are released, orangutans need to enter a higher degree of school, that is an “university” in the form of island. COP Borneo, which located in Berau, East Kalimantan, has that “university” or pre-release island. An island with fig trees, which is orangutan’s favourite, is the training place for orangutans who have passed ‘high school’. They are left outside in the sun or rain, no more cages, only food will be given in the morning and evening. On average, they train independently for 1-2 years. Once their behaviour considerably good, then they will undergo a final defense session that is final medical examination. if they pass, the orangutans will be graduated by releasing them back to their natural habitat.

Novi’s story, as a male orangutan who were forced to separate with his mother, taken care illegally by locals with chain on his neck (because it’s cheaper and easier to maintain than an iron cage), confiscated, rehabilitated, and finally released in early November 2018.

Novi is known as a smart orangutan and high adaptability, when his friends were still in ‘elementary school’, he was already in ’senior high school’. That’s how we simplify a rehabilitation process. The process takes a long time and costs a lot, so please do not buy and pet wild animals! (SAR)

PROSES SEPERTI KITA SEKOLAH
Kami menyederhanakan orangutan yang masuk rehabilitasi seperti proses sekolah. Karena pusat rehabilitasi orangutan bukanlah penangkaran. Mayoritas orangutan yang masuk rehabilitasi adalah dari konflik seperti pemeliharaan ilegal dan ada faktor medis (seperti terjerat, dll).

Orangutan yang lama dipelihara tidak pandai memanjat, tidak mengerti mencari makan, tidak tau membuat sarang dan tidak tahu musuh alaminya. Bukan lagi orangutan tetapi menjadi orang kota.

Selama di pusat rehabilitasi, orangutan akan sekolah hutan yatu setiap pagi kandan dibuka dan diajak ‘sekolah’ di hutan. Animal keeper bukanlah guru yang mengajar tapi orangutan lain yang satu kelas dengannya yang akan menjadi perangsang atau contoh agar yang lain mengikuti dan mencontoh. Ketika sudah sore, orangutan kembali lagi ke kandang.

Kami mengibaratkan masuk SD yaitu belajar memanjat, berpindah dari pohon ke pohon hingga mahir. Kemudian akan masuk SMP untuk belajar mencari dan mengenali pakan alaminya dan belajar membuat sarang. Kami menganggap masuk SMA ketika mulai banyak bolosnya, yaitu sering menghilang ketika sekolah hutan, tidak mau pulang ketika sore karena sudah nyaman di sarangnya dan itu tandanya dia meliar.

Sebelum dilepasliarkan, orangutan perlu dikuliahkan, berupa masuk ‘universitas’ berbentuk pulau. COP Borneo yang berada di Berau, Kalimantan Timur memiliki ‘universitas’ atau pulau pra-rilis. Pulau alami dengan pepohonan ara yang disukai orangutan inilah para orangutan yang suka membolos itu berlatih. Mereka dibiarkan kena panas, hujan, tak ada lagi kandang hanay dukungan pakan di pagi dan sore hari saja yang masih diberikan. Rata-rata mereka berlatih secara mandiri sekitar 1-2 tahun. Ketika perilaku mereka sudah dianggap layak, maka mereka akan ‘sidang skripsi’ berupa pemeriksaan medis akhir. Jika lulus, maka orangutan diwisuda dengan dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya.

Kisah Novi, orangutan jantan yang dipaksa berpisah dari induknya, dipelihara secara ilegal dengan rantai di lehernya (karena murah dan aman, kalau bikin kandang besi mahal), disita, direhabilitasi dan akhirnya dilepasliarkan pada awal November 2018 lalu.

Mengenal Novi sebagai orangutan cerdas dengan adaptasi yang tinggi, ketika teman-temannya masih di kelas SD, dia sudah di tingkatan SMA. Begitulah kami menyederhanakan sebuah proses rehabilitasi. Proses ini memakan waktu lama dan biaya tinggi, jadi mohon jangan membeli dan memelihara satwa liar! (DAN)

JOJO IN COP BORNEO FOREST SCHOOL

We haven’t heard about Jojo for a long time. Jojo is a baby orangutan who entered COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center in April 2018. Jojo must take a long and extra care medical check-up process. From the prior examination, Jojo was declared to have hepatitis. After going through PCR testing, hepatitis suffered by Jojo is hepatitis of orangutan strain. Thus, the medical team allowed Jojo to enter the forest school.

Do you still remember when you entered school for the first time? Afraid? Confused? Feeling alone? That is what Jojo experienced, an orangutan who finally got his chance into the COP Borneo forest school. Jojo sat on the ground, playing alone while sweeping dry leaves with his hands. Then, other orangutans are interested in the new orangutan they just met. Curiosity starts from just staring, then continue with touching even biting. Jojo also experienced that. Other orangutan babies such as Owi, Bonti, Happi, Popi and even Annie, who were still just entering the forest school, joined in.

“Come on Jojo, you can do it. Adapt quickly. Be wild, remember your time with your mother”, said Joni with full hope. Jojo will continue to be accompanied by an animal keeper until he can adjust to other baby orangutans. “Hopefully it doesn’t take too long. Every orangutan has a unique way. It cannot be determined the length of time needed for each orangutan to achieve certain abilities. But proper stimulation can speed up the process”. (IND)

JOJO DI KELAS SEKOLAH HUTAN COP BORNEO
Lama tidak mendengar kabar dari Jojo, bayi orangutan yang masuk pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo bulan April 2018 yang lalu. Pemeriksaan kesehatan yang panjang dan ekstra teliti harus dijalani Jojo. Hasil pemeriksaan di awal, Jojo menderita Hepatitis. Dan setelah melalui pengujian PCR, Hepatitis yang diderita Jojo adalah strain orangutan, akhirnya tim medis mengijinkan Jojo masuk kelas sekolah hutan.

Masih ingatkah saat kamu masuk sekolah pertama kali? Takut? Bingung? Merasa sendirian? Seperti itulah yang dialami Jojo, orangutan yang akhirnya bisa masuk kelas sekolah hutan COP Borneo. Jojo duduk di tanah, bermain sendiri sambil menyapu-nyapu daun kering dengan tangannya. Dan orangutan lain pun tertarik dengan orangutan yang baru mereka temui. Rasa ingin tahu itu mulai dari hanya menatap, lalu menyentuh bahkan menggigit. Jojo pun mengalami itu, bayi-bayi orangutan lain seperti Owi, Bonti, Happi, Popi bahkan Annie yang juga masih baru masuk kelas sekolah hutan, ikut menganggunya.

“Ayo Jojo, kamu pasti bisa. Cepatlah beradaptasi. Kembalilah liar, ingatlah masa-masa mu bersama indukmu.”, ujar Joni penuh harapan. Jojo akan terus didampingi animal keeper hingga dia bisa menyesuaikan diri dengan bayi orangutan lainnya. “Semoga tidak memakan waktu terlalu lama. Setiap orangutan punya cara yang unik. Sehingga tidak bisa ditentukan waktu yang dibutuhkan setiap orangutan untuk mencapai kemampuan tertentu. Tapi stimulasi yang tepat dapat mempercepat sebuah proses. (JON)

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