ALOUISE’S FIRST DAY AT THE FOREST SCHOOL

Alouise is an orangutan who recently entered the Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation center on March 9, 2019. After going through a quarantine period of two months and the results of his medical examinations were good, Alouise was finally scheduled to enter the forest school class.

This was the first day Alouise entered the Borneo COP forest school. Early in the morning there was the first challenge. “Bringing out Alouise from her cage is not an easy thing. He is still wild and always bites when held. The struggle of the three animal keepers in 15 minutes is quite sweaty. This morning is just the beginning, “said Jhonny.

Alouise’s fear was still visible, all the way to jungle school, he hugged tightly, very tightly. Slowly orangutan Annie approached him when Alouise arrived at the forest school. Annie tugged him, invited him to play but Alouise got more afraid and embraced Herlina.

When Annie was a bit slack, Alouise suddenly held on to the tree and climbed it. Alouise climbed quickly without looking down again, and stopped at a height of 25 meters. “It’s a pleasure to see Alouise climb his first 25 meters,” Herlina said. “But how do we take him down?” She said again anxiously.

As the afternoon approached, Alouise still didn’t want to come down. The sky is very cloudy, the rain will come down soon. Nearly an hour we waited, finally with a papaya bait, Alouise climbed down. “Thank God, I don’t have to climb the tree,” Jhonny said again. (EBO)

HARI PERTAMA ALOUISE DI SEKOLAH HUTAN

Alouise adalah orangutan yang baru saja masuk pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo pada 9 Maret 2019. Setelah melalui masa karantina selama dua bulan dan hasil pemeriksaan Alouise yang baik akhirnya Alouise dijadwalkan untuk masuk kelas sekolah hutan. 

Ini adalah hari pertama Alouise masuk sekolah hutan COP Borneo. Pagi-pagi sudah dapat tantangan pertama. “Membawa keluar Alouise dari kandang karantinanya bukanlah hal yang mudah. Dia itu masih liar dan selalu menggigit jika dipegang. Perjuangan tiga orang animal keeper di 15 menit yang cukup berkeringat. Pagi ini baru awal.”, ujar Jhonny.

Ketakutan Alouise masih terlihat, sepanjang perjalanan ke sekolah hutan, dia memeluk erat, sangat erat. Perlahan orangutan Annie mendekatinya saat Alouise tiba di sekolah hutan. Annie pun menarik-nariknya, mengajaknya bermain namun rasa takutnya semakin memeluk erat Herlina. 

Saat Annie lengah, tiba-tiba Alouise berpegangan pada pohon dan memanjatnya. Alouise memanjat dengan cepat tanpa melihat ke bawah lagi, dan berhenti di ketinggian 25 meter. “Senang sekali melihat Alouise memanjat 25 meter pertamanya.”, ujar Herlina. “Tapi bagaimana kami membawanya turun?” ujarnya lagi dengan was-was. 

Saat sore menjelang, Alouise belum mau turun. Langit mendung sekali, hujan akan segera turun. Hampir satu jam kami menunggu, akhirnya dengan pancingan buah pepaya, akhirnya Alouise pun turun. “Syukurlah ngak mesti manjat pohon .”, ujar Jhonny lagi. (WET)

 

APE DEFENDER TAKES CARE OF A GIBBON’S WOUND

This male gibbon has been in the cage of BKSDA SKW I Berau for almost two years. Surprising reports of increasing injuries in his left thigh area made the COP Borneo medical team immediately adjust the schedule of visits. Friday night, April 12, 2019 the APE Defender team examined the gibbon.

From the results of the interim examination, the following day vet Satria anesthetized the gibbon and began cleaning the wound. Many tissues experience necrosis and there is no external bleeding. The wound starts to rot and the peculiar smell of pus indicates that the infection has sharply smelled. The left thigh wound is finally operated on minor to cover the wound. While the wound in the buttocks is treated because it does not allow for surgery.

After evaluating the position of the cage that is too close to the bear cage, the gibbon cage is finally removed under the sapodilla tree but still gets sunlight to avoid humidity at the cage so the wounds are always dry. (EBO)

APE DEFENDER MERAWAT LUKA OWA

Owa jantan ini sudah hampir dua tahun berada kandang BKSDA SKW I Berau. Laporan mengejutkan adanya luka yang semakin besar di daerah paha kirinya membuat tim medis COP Borneo segera menyesuaikan jadwal kunjungan. Jumat malam, 12 April 2019 tim APE Defender memeriksa Owa tersebut.

Dari hasil pemeriksaan sementara, keesokan harinya drh. Satria membius Owa dan mulai membersihkan luka yang sudah cukup lama. Banyak jaringan yang mengalami nekrosis dan sudah tidak terdapat pendarahan eksternal. Luka mulai membusuk dan bau khas nanah yang menandakan sudah terjadi infeksi tercium dengan tajam. Luka di paha kiri akhirnya dioperasi minor untuk menutup luka. Sementara luka di bagian pantat dirawat karena tidak memungkinkan untuk dioperasi. 

Setelah mengevaluasi posisi kandang yang terlalu dekat dengan kandang beruang, kandang owa akhirnya dipindahkan di bawah pohon sawo namun masih mendapat sinar matahari untuk menghindari kandang lembab dan luka dapat cepat kering. Mohon doanya ya… agar Owa bisa pulih.

 

GOOD BYE UNTUNG AND UNYIL!

When both of the transport cage doors are lifted, the two orangutans come out and reach for the nearest tree to climb. Untung and Unyil returned to their habitat and have overwhelmed the APE Guardian COP team.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 is still nine days to commemorate Earth Day. Two orangutans were released by East Kalimantan BKSDA, Dipterokarpa and Center for Orangutan Protection in Berau, East Kalimantan. A number of invited guests from the Berau Environmental Office, OWT, Kelay Koramil and Lesan Dayak Chief participated in witnessing the release this time. Luckily, the APE Guardian COP team immediately evacuated guests to leave the release site. “Untung suddenly came down from the tree and chased the team that was carrying an empty transport cage. We immediately ran away. “, Said Hery Susanto, while catching his breath. It turned out that the sound of the transport cage was enough to disturb Untung, which made Untung turned around and chased them.

While Unyil’s cage was opened by Mr. Aganto Seno from KSDA SKW I Berau. Unyil, who was worried to approach the team, was the opposite. Immediately he climbed the tree and move from one tree to another. The APE Guardian team that will monitor Unyil orangutans at their new home will keep their distance further because of Unyil’s habit to occasionally approach the team. Both are still monitored and are adapting to their new environment. 

Releases have different stories  when the cage door is opened. “We believe, every wildlife has an instinct to survive. Rehabilitation efforts will never be in vain. The dream of returning to habitat is not just wishful thinking. Thank you for the support of all parties that have enabled each individual orangutan to return to their habitat, from rescue, rehabilitation to release. A better life for orangutans, “said Reza Kurniawan, Center for Orangutan Protection optimistically. (EBO)

SELAMAT TINGGAL UNTUNG DAN UNYIL!

Saat kedua pintu kandang angkut diangkat, keduanya pun keluar dan meraih pohon terdekat untuk dipanjat. Untung dan Unyil kembali ke habitatnya dan membuat tim APE Guardian COP kewalahan.

Kamis, 11 April 2019 masih sembilan hari lagi peringatan Hari Bumi. Dua orangutan dilepasliarkan kembali oleh BKSDA Kaltim, Dipterokarpa dan Centre for Orangutan Protection di Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Beberapa tamu undangan dari Dinas Lingkungan Hidup Berau, OWT, Koramil Kelay dan Kepala Adat Lesan Dayak ikut menjadi saksi pelepasliaran kali ini. Beruntung sekali, tim APE Guardian COP segera mengevakuasi para tamu untuk meninggalkan tempat pelepasliaran. “Untung tiba-tiba saja turun dari pohon dan mengejar tim yang membawa kandang angkut kosong. Kami langsung lari tunggang langgang.”, ujar Hery Susanto sambil mengatur nafasnya kembali. Ternyata suara kandang angkut cukup menganggu Untung, hingga Untung berbalik arah dan mengejar tim.

Sementara kandang orangutan Unyil dibuka oleh Pak Aganto Seno dari KSDA SKW I Berau. Unyil yang sempat dikawatirkan mendekati tim, malah sebaliknya. Segera naik ke atas pohon dan berpindah dari satu pohon ke pohon yang lain. Tim APE Guardian yang akan memantau orangutan Unyil di rumahnya yang baru ini sengaja menjaga jarak lebih jauh, karena kebiasaan Unyil yang sesekali mendekati tim dulunya. Keduanya masih terpantau dan beradaptasi dengan lingkungan barunya.

Pelepasliaran punya cerita yang berbeda saat pintu kandang dibuka. “Kami percaya, setiap satwa liar memiliki insting untuk bertahan hidup. Usaha rehabilitasi tidak akan pernah sia-sia. Mimpi untuk kembali ke habitat bukan sekedar angan-angan. Terimakasih atas dukungan semua pihak yang telah memungkinkan setiap individu orangutan kembali ke habitatnya, mulai dari penyelamatan, rehabilitasi hingga pelepasliaran. Kehidupan yang lebih baik untuk orangutan.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, Centre for Orangutan Protection dengan optimis.

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