Unfotunately, this litle orangutan’s life must end up in human hands again. Saturday, March 9, 2019, this male orangutan entered the quarantine cage of the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center, in Berau, East Kalimantan.

Alouise looked scared when approached. His fear was shown by the more aggressive and wild behavior. His small body was not strong enough to fight, finally Alouise bit. His small, sharp teeth landed when he was removed from the transport cage.

Currently, he is adjusting to the enclosure at the COP Borneo clinic. The medical team will immediately evaluate his health both physically and laboratory. “I don’t know the story, especially until Alouise fell into human hands. Maybe the mother has been killed. “, Said veterinarian Flora, watching her.

Sayang sekali, orangutan kecil ini harus berakhir di tangan manusia lagi. Sabtu, 9 Maret 2019, orangutan berjenis kelamin jantan ini masuk kandang karantina pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo, di Berau, Kalimantan Timur.

Alouise terlihat takut saat didekati. Rasa takutnya ditunjukkannya dengan semakin agresif dan liarnya tingkahnya. Tubuh kecilnya tak cukup kuat untuk melawan, akhirnya Alouise pun mengigit. Giginya yang kecil dan tajam pun mendarat saat dia dikeluarkan dari kandang angkut.

Saat ini, dia sedang menyesuaikan diri dengan kandang yang ada di klinik COP Borneo. Tim medis akan segera mengevaluasi kesehatannya baik secara fisik dan laboratorium. “Entah cerita apalagi hingga Alouise sampai jatuh ke tangan manusia. Mungkin induknya sudah mati terbunuh.”, ujar dokter hewan Flora sambil memperhatikannya.


H. E. Joko Widodo

President of the Republic of Indonesia Istana Merdeka
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Dear President Widodo,
Like you, we care deeply about conservation and creating economic growth opportunities that preserve and sustain the environment. Indonesia’s natural beauty is admired and appreciated around the world. Indonesia hosts one of the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. Already, Indonesia is demonstrating leadership in the international community and at home.
We commend your vision to lead Indonesia into a new era of climate action, pledging to reduce Indonesia’s emissions growth by up to 41 percent below business as usual by 2030, and to help the people and natural heritage of Indonesia by curbing deforestation and rehabilitating 12 million hectares of degraded land. This vision of environmentally responsible growth has the potential to boost Indonesia’s global market access by allowing the country to become a globally recognized source of responsibly sourced products, boosting the economy.
A key element of environmentally responsible growth is sustainable infrastructure. Done right, energy and infrastructure projects have the potential to drive economic growth and help people while channeling development in ways that do not adversely affect the environment.
In that context, we urge you to take a heroic action to protect the newly-discovered Tapanuli orangutan by canceling construction of the proposed Batang Toru dam project. The Batang Toru dam was authorized before the Tapanuli orangutan species (Pongo tapanuliensis) was identified in 2017 by scientists (including Anton Nurcahyo, Dyah Perwitasari-Farajallah, Puji Rianti, and Joko Pamungkas from Indonesia). As such, their habitat is globally important, and the conservation of the Tapanuli orangutan has become both an Indonesian and international conservation priority. There are just eight living great ape species, and we know that your actions to protect the Tapanuli orangutan would be long celebrated, a powerful piece of your legacy to Indonesia.
There are other key new pieces of information about the project that merit its reconsideration and cancellation:
• With only an estimated 800 Tapanuli orangutans in existence, this new species is designated as critically endangered. Modeling suggests that if more than one percent of the population is depleted each year – more than 8 individuals – the species will go extinct. 

• The Batang Toru dam will mean extinction for the Tapanuli. This project was conceived and planned more than half a decade before the new species was identified, so it could not have taken into account its impact on the Tapanuli. 

• The project has not taken into account the impact of the hydroelectric dam and supporting infrastructure on the Tapanuli Orangutan in its AMDAL (environmental impact assessment). 

• Indigenous Peoples in North Sumatra say that the project will evict them from their ancestral lands. 

We encourage you to review the dam’s siting and work with the relevant local government agencies to identify alternative options for increasing energy production, such as solar or geothermal. For example, the Sarulla geothermal electricity project that currently provides electricity to the area could be expanded without adversely impacting orangutans.
At the end of the day, it would be a tragedy to drive the extinction of the Tapanuli orangutan for a mere 510 megawatts of energy, less than one percent of Indonesia’s generation capacity – especially when overcapacity is a significant concern and the nearby Sarulla geothermal facility could be expanded, providing clean energy to support the region’s infrastructure and development. There is ample financing available that can help develop this and other clean energy sources as an alternative.
In light of the recent scientific and conservation developments, we beg you to secure a future for one of Indonesia’s natural wonders. Please cancel the dam. Take steps to protect the Tapanuli orangutan and the broader Batang Toru ecosystem for the long term by introducing legislation to recognize its special status and protect the area from all forms of industrial development.
Thank you for your consideration. We would welcome a dialogue on this issue and other opportunities to promote environmentally responsible growth in Indonesia.

Former U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (Mighty Earth, Chairman)
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke
Former U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman Former U.S. Congressman George Miller
The Honorable Zac Goldsmith, MP United Kingdom
Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake, Jr. (Board Co-Chair, US-Indonesia Society) Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Alison Sudol, Actress, Singer/Songwriter and IUCN Goodwill Ambassador
Panut Hadisiswoyo – Orangutan Information Center
Hardi Baktiantoro, Center for Orangutan Protection
Franky Samperante, PUSAKA
Farwiza Farhan, Yayasan HAkA
Kusnadi Oldani, FOKUS [Forum Orangutan Sumatra]
Teguh Surya, Madani
Karlo Lumban Raja, Sawit Watch
Helen Buckland, Sumatran Orangutan Society
Dr. Ian Redmond, Chairman of Ape Alliance
“Marc Ancrenaz, Dr. med. vet. (PhD). HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme Scientific Director”
Leif Cocks, President – The Orangutan Project
Michelle Desilets, Orangutan Land Trust
Irena Wettstein, PanEco Foundation
Dr Ian Singleton, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland Upreshpal Singh, Friends of the Orangutans
Dr. William Laurance (scientist, conservationist, and founder of ALERT)
Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Chair and Global Wildlife Conservation Chief Conservation Officer
Dirck Byler, IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Chair
Rebecca Kormos, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Deputy Vice-Chair Serge Wich, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Vice-Chair
Karen B. Strier, President, International Primatological Society
Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org
Anja Lillegraven, Rainforest Foundation Norway
James Askew, Research Fellow at Carnegie Institution for Science
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
Fatah Sadaoui and Rebecca Falcon, SumofUs
Iain Keith, Avaaz.org

Kepada Yang Terhormat:
Bapak Ir. Joko Widodo
Presiden Republik of Indonesia
Istana Merdeka
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Bapak Presiden yang Terhormat,

Seperti Anda, kami sangat peduli akan konservasi dan menciptakan peluang pertumbuhan ekonomi yang pada saat yang sama melestarikan dan menjaga kelestarian lingkungan. Keindahan alam Indonesia dikagumi dan dihargai di seluruh dunia. Indonesia memiliki salah satu tingkat keanekaragaman hayati tertinggi di dunia. Indonesia saat ini telah menunjukkan kepemimpinannya dalam komunitas internasional dan di dalam negri.

Kami menghargai visi Anda dalam memimpin Indonesia menuju era baru aksi iklim, janji Anda untuk mengurangi kenaikan emisi Indonesia hingga 41 persen di bawah kondisi yang sama pada tahun 2030, dan membantu masyarakat dan warisan alam Indonesia dengan mengurangi deforestasi dan merehabilitasi 12 juta hektar lahan kritis. Visi pertumbuhan yang bertanggung jawab terhadap lingkungan ini berpotensi meningkatkan akses pasar global Indonesia dan membuka kesempatan bagi Indonesia menjadi penghasil barang yang diproduksi secara bertanggung jawab dan diakui secara global, serta meningkatkan perekonomian.
Elemen kunci dari pertumbuhan yang bertanggung jawab terhadap lingkungan adalah infrastruktur yang berkelanjutan. Bila dilakukan dengan benar, proyek-proyek energi dan infrastruktur berpotensi mendorong pertumbuhan ekonomi dan membantu masyarakat serta menyalurkan pembangunan menuju cara yang tidak berdampak buruk terhadap lingkungan.
Dalam konteks itu, kami mendesak Anda untuk mengambil tindakan heroik untuk melindungi spesies orangutan Tapanuli yang baru ditemukan dengan membatalkan usulan pembangunan proyek bendungan Batang Toru. Pembangunan bendungan Batang Toru disetujui sebelum spesies orangutan Tapanuli (Pongo tapanuliensis) diidentifikasi pada tahun 2017 oleh para ilmuwan (termasuk Anton Nurcahyo, Dyah Perwitasari-Farajallah, Puji Rianti, dan Joko Pamungkas dari Indonesia). Dengan demikian, habitat mereka penting secara global, dan konservasi orangutan Tapanuli telah menjadi prioritas konservasi Indonesia dan internasional. Di dunia, hanya hidup delapan spesies kera besar, dan kami tahu bahwa tindakan Anda melindungi orangutan Tapanuli dirayakan untuk waktu yang lama, dan merupakan warisan Anda yang kuat untuk Indonesia.

Ada beberapa informasi kunci baru lain yang dapat dipertimbangkan untuk pembatalan atau pengkajian ulang proyek ini:

• Karena diperkirakan adanya hanya 800 orangutan Tapanuli, spesies baru ini ditetapkan sebagai sangat terancam punah. Pemodelan menunjukkan bahwa jika lebih dari satu persen populasi ini, atau lebih dari 8 individu, hilang setiap tahun maka spesies ini akan punah.
• Bendungan Batang Toru akan mengakibatkan kepunahan untuk spesies Tapanuli. Proyek ini disusun dan direncanakan lebih dari setengah dekade sebelum spesies baru diidentifikasi, sehingga tidak dapat memperhitungkan dampaknya pada spesies Tapanuli.
• Proyek ini tidak memperhitungkan dampak bendungan listrik tenaga air dan infrastruktur pendukungnya terhadap Orangutan Tapanuli dalam AMDAL (analisis mengenai dampak lingkungan).
• Masyarakat adat Sumatera Utara mengatakan bahwa proyek ini akan mengusir mereka dari tanah leluhurnya.

Kami mendorong Anda untuk meninjau lokasi bendungan dan bekerja dengan lembaga pemerintah daerah terkait untuk mengidentifikasi opsi alternatif untuk meningkatkan produksi energi, misalnya dengan tenaga surya atau panas bumi. Misalnya, proyek listrik panas bumi Sarulla yang saat ini menyediakan listrik ke daerah itu dapat diperluas tanpa berdampak buruk pada orangutan.

Pada akhirnya, akan menjadi tragedi bila kepunahan orangutan Tapanuli terjadi hanya karena pembangkit listrik 510 megawatt, atau kurang dari satu persen kapasitas pembangkitan Indonesia. Terlebih lagi bila kelebihan kapasitas merupakan masalah yang signifikan dan fasilitas panas bumi Sarulla terdekat dapat diperluas dan menyediakan energi bersih untuk mendukung infrastruktur dan pembangunan kawasan. Ada banyak pembiayaan yang tersedia yang dapat membantu mengembangkannya dan sumber energi bersih lainnya sebagai alternatif.

Mengingat perkembangan ilmiah dan konservasi belakangan ini, kami mohon Anda menjaga masa depan salah satu keajaiban alam Indonesia. Tolong batalkan pembangunan bendungan ini. Ambil langkah-langkah untuk melindungi orangutan Tapanuli dan lebih luas lagi ekosistem Batang Toru untuk jangka panjang dengan mengeluarkan undang-undang untuk mengakui status khusus dan melindungi daerah tersebut dari semua bentuk pengembangan industri.

Terima kasih atas pertimbangan Anda. Kami akan mengundang dialog mengenai masalah ini dan peluang lain untuk mempromosikan pertumbuhan yang bertanggung jawab untuk lingkungan di Indonesia.

Hormat kami,
Former U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (Mighty Earth, Chairman)
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke
Former U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman Former U.S. Congressman George Miller
The Honorable Zac Goldsmith, MP United Kingdom
Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake, Jr. (Board Co-Chair, US-Indonesia Society)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky
Alison Sudol, Actress, Singer/Songwriter and IUCN Goodwill Ambassador
Panut Hadisiswoyo, Orangutan Information Center
Hardi Baktiantoro, Centre for Orangutan Protection
Franky Samperante, PUSAKA
Farwiza Farhan, Yayasan HAkA
Kusnadi Oldani, FOKUS [Forum Orangutan Sumatra]
Teguh Surya, Madani
Karlo Lumban Raja, Sawit Watch
Helen Buckland, Sumatran Orangutan Society
Dr. Ian Redmond, Chairman of Ape Alliance
“Marc Ancrenaz, Dr. med. vet. (PhD).HUTAN -Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation ProgrammeScientific Director”
Leif Cocks, President -The Orangutan Project
Michelle Desilets, Orangutan Land Trust
Irena Wettstein, PanEco Foundation
Dr Ian Singleton, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland
Upreshpal Singh, Friends of the Orangutans
Dr. William Laurance (scientist, conservationist, and founder of ALERT)
Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Chair and Global Wildlife Conservation Chief Conservation Officer
Dirck Byler, IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Chair
Rebecca Kormos, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Deputy Vice-Chair
Serge Wich, Ph.D., IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes, Vice-Chair
Karen B. Strier, President, International Primatological Society
Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org
Anja Lillegraven, Rainforest Foundation Norway
James Askew, Research Fellow at Carnegie Institution for Science
Michael Brune, Sierra Club
Fatah Sadaoui and Rebecca Falcon, SumofUs
Iain Keith, Avaaz.org


Controversial US$ 1.6 billion dam project backed by China and Dharmawangsa Group threatens extinction of the rare Pongo tapanuliensis orangutan
JAKARTA, 5 March 2019 – The stage is set for a crucial showdown in a long-running battle to save a newly discovered rare species of orangutan from possible extinction at the hands of a planned US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric dam project. The state administrative court in Medan ruled yesterday in narrow terms that it would not halt the construction of the dam. In the wake of that decision, a coalition of Indonesian organizations and international leaders are calling on the government to cancel the dam project and protect the ecosystem for the long term.
The proposed dam project, being constructed on the Batang Toru River, North Sumatra, by Chinese hydroelectric giant Sinohydro with financing from the Bank of China threatens the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan species, as well as thousands of local people whose livelihoods will be put a risk.

The Tapanuli orangutan was only identified as a new species in 2017, the seventh great ape species in the world. Despite being newly identified, it is already perilously close to extinction with a population now numbering less than 800 individuals. It is estimated that the population has almost halved since 1985, and that it will continue to decline unless comprehensive protection measures are implemented.

The US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant, the largest on the island of Sumatra, is scheduled for completion by 2022. However, the dam was planned before the identification of the Tapanuli orangutan – meaning the environmental planning process didn’t consider the risk of extinction to this species.

The ownership of the project, considered part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a maze of overlapping Indonesian and Chinese entities, Chinese finance, and the Chinese state-owned company Sinohydro.

“Chinese investment has the potential to do a lot of good, but this project risks tarring the reputation of the Belt and Road Initiative,” said Panut Hadisiwoyo, Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). “We hope that the Chinese government will reconsider this project in light of the discovery of the Tapanuli orangutan: can you imagine a foreign-funded project that threatens the Giant Panda with extinction ever being approved?”

One potential beneficiary of the dam is the nearby the Martabe gold mine, which is currently set to expand further into Tapanuli orangutan habitat. The mine is owned by a subsidiary of the giant British conglomerate Jardines Matheson, which has previously been criticized for its palm oil subsidiary’s tens of thousands of acres of deforestation of Sumatran orangutan habitat.

“Jardines has already profited from destroying tens of thousands of acres of Indonesian forests, and now it’s trying to mine gold that would forever be linked to the deaths of Tapanuli orangutans,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO Mighty Earth, an organization that has urged Jardines to help protect the Tapanuli. “Nobody wants to buy a gold necklace or wedding ring that is associated with killing an endangered species.”

The Dharma Hydro company, part of the Dharmawangsa Group, is also linked to the project. Dharma Hydro is the largest shareholder in North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE), the company behind the dam project. Paradoxically, even as it helps develop a dam that would inundate habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the Dharmawangsa Group is marketing a new resort it is developing on the island of Beilitung as an “eco resort.”

Environmental assessments have found that the construction and operation of the dam and power plant will also threaten the livelihoods of thousands of downstream local residents who rely on the river’s ecosystem for their survival for fisheries, agriculture, transport, and daily water needs.

“The Indonesian government spends millions of dollars on advertising to promote our natural treasures through the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign,” said Hardi Baktiantoro from Center of Orangutan Protection, who also joined the interview. “President Jokowi should protect that investment by focusing on responsible energy and infrastructure projects that can meet our power needs while protecting Indonesia’s wildlife.”

These enormous threats likely would come with few benefits. The dam has among the lowest benefit-to-cost ratios of any planned hydro-energy project in the region. It would operate only during peak times and carries projected cost of over US$1.6 billion. NSHE is also planning to build the dam in an area of intense geological activity, putting the project and surrounding communities at risk of earthquakes with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Reports have documented that there is no pressing need for the energy that would beproduced by the dam and shown that there are viable alternatives for energy production in the region. For example, the nearby 330 MW Sarulla geothermal project produces clean energy and can be upgraded to 1 GW if needed to meet the flexible or peak load power needs the dam is supposedly designed to address – and all without posing a risk to the Tapanuli orangutan.

“Indonesia can meet its infrastructure and energy needs without threatening the Tapanuli orangutan or wasting massive amounts of money on the Batang Toru dam – there are options for geothermal, solar power, or even smaller, less expensive and damaging hydro projects,” said Arrum from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. “Ultimately, it is going to be us, the Indonesian people, that will have to pay back this enormous loan in our electricity bills”.

Further information, please contact:
Mighty Earth
Glenn Hurowitz

Image Dynamics
Ayunda Putri
+62 8122 00 1411 (phone & text) / +62 8977 400 788 (whatsApp)


Excavators continue to knock down trees that are orangutan feed on. New land clearing for palm oil plantations has ignored orangutans existence. The orangutans, which look very similar to humans, also lost their home.

“Land clearing continues to move to the north where the largest orangutan population in Berau is located. Only 2.5 km left.”, said Paulinus Kristanto, APE Crusader captain, COP’s fast-moving team to protect orangutan habitat.

Orangutans are more frequently seen on the roadside to look for food. “Four bulldozers and one excavator are seen parking while waiting for logging in Kelay sub-district, Berau district, East Kalimantan.”, said Ramadhani, COP campaigner for COP Habitat and Orangutan Protection. “Don’t wait for trees that feed the orangutan to collapse! Let’s save the Berau orangutan.”, added Ramadhani. (EBO)

Ekskavator terus merobohkan pohon-pohon yang merupakan pakan orangutan. Pembukaan lahan baru untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit tak menghiraukan keberadaan orangutan lagi. Orangutan yang terlihat sangat mirip dengan manusia ini pun kehilangan rumahnya.

“Landclearing terus bergerak ke arah utara dimana populasi orangutan terbesar di Berau berada. Tinggal 2,5 km lagi.”, ujar Paulinus Kristanto, kapten APE Crusader, tim gerak cepat perlindungan habitat orangutan COP.

Orangutan semakin sering terlihat muncul di tepi jalan raya untuk mencari makan. “Empat buldoser dan 1 ekskavator sedang terpakir sambil menunggu penebangan kayu di kecamatan Kelay, kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur.”, ujar Ramadhani, juru kampanye Perlindungan Habitat dan Orangutan COP. “Jangan tunggu pohon-pohon pakan orangutan itu roboh! Mari selamatkan orangutan Berau.”, tambah Ramadhani.


Do you still remember the case of three burned orangutans in Belimbing village, Bontang city in 2016? The Bontang District Court sentenced Andi Sahar, 1 year 6 month prison, 1 month subsidies and a fine of IDR 50,000,000 for intentionally burning empty land to expel orangutans.

The crime scene is adjacent to the Wanatirta forest area. In the area, at the end of November 2018, the APE Crusader team found 9 class C orangutan nests. The nests class were identified as old nests with dried and brown leaves but they were still sturdy and shaped.

Not far from the Wanatirta forest area, around 4 km is the Kutai National Park which is indeed an orangutan’s habitat. COP called on the Bontang City Government to pay attention to the conservation of orangutans which are critically endangered (CR) animals. Not only Bontang City Government, but all parties around Wanatirta. Orangutans are Indonesia’s pride. (EBO)

Masih ingatkah kasus tiga orangutan yang terbakar di kelurahan Belimbing, kota Bontang tahun 2016 yang lalu? Pengadilan Negeri Bontang menjatuhkan vonis kepada Andi Sahar, penjara 1 tahun 6 bulan, subsidir 1 bulan dan denda Rp 50.000.000,00 karena sengaja membakar lahan kosong untuk mengusir orangutan.

Lokasi kematian tiga orangutan tersebut berdekatan dengan kawasan hutan Wanatirta. Di kawasan tersebut, pada akhir November 2018, tim APE Crusader menemukan 9 sarang orangutan kelas C. Kelas sarang tersebut diidentifikasi sebagai sarang tua dengan daun yang sudah kering dan berwarna coklat tetapi sarang masih kokoh dan berbentuk.

Tak jauh dari kawasan hutan Wanatirta, sekitar 4 km ada Taman Nasional Kutai yang memang merupakan habitat orangutan. COP menghimbau agar Pemerintah Kota Bontang ikut memperhatikan pelestarian orangutan yang merupakan satwa dengan kondisi kritis terancam punah atau critically endangered (CR). Tak hanya Pemkot Bontang, tetapi semua pihak yang berada di sekitar Wanatirta, Orangutan adalah kebanggaan Indonesia.


Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) suspects that the plantation business permit of SML in Batang Kawa sub-district, Lamandau district, Central Kalimantan is in the area of orangutan habitat. This is supported by the findings of orangutan nest right in the middle of the permit area for land clearing plan. It’s even strengthened by the survey conducted by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in 2015, in the report entitled “Population Survey and Conservation Management of Orangutans in the Palm Oil Plantation of PT. SML” stated that there were 28 nests with 6 lines of transects along 8500 meters that the orangutan population is estimated at 0,23 individuals/km2 in the area of PT.SML

COP team found piles of logging and a road devide the forest and also a forest area that had been evicted for oil palm plantation plan belong to SML. In the area of the planned land clearing block, there was at least 4 nests found that was located only 200-500 meters away.

COP suspects that at least 10.000 hectares of forested area that had been cleared for oil palm plantation. COP hopes that the remaining areas of orangutan habitat should be rescued immediately by stopping all the land clearing process for oil palm plantation. Ramadhani, the manager of COP Habitat Protection said, “ We have to push SML to stop all activities that endangered the orangutans, also request the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as soon as possible to re-verify the permits of SML plantation area that is suspected in the orangutan habitat area.”

For interview and further information please contact:
Manager of COP Orangutan and Habitat Protection unit
HP : +62 813 4927 1904
Email : info@orangutanprotection.com

Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) menduga bahwa ijin usaha perkebunan milik SML di kecamatan Batang Kawa, kabupaten Lamandau, Kalimantan Tengah berada di kawasan yang merupakan habitat orangutan. Hal ini diperkuat dengan temuan sarang yang berada tepat di tengah ijin perencanaan pembukaan lahan. Hal ini semakin diperkuat dengan survei yang dilakukan Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) tahun 2015, dalam laporannya yang berjudul “Survei Populasi dan Pengelolaan Konservasi Orangutan di areal Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit PT. SML”, menyataan bahwa terdapat 28 sarang dengan 6 jalur transek sepanjang 8.500 meter diperkirakan terdapat 0,23 individu/km2 di area PT. SML.

Tim COP menemukan tumpukan kayu tebangan dan jalan blok membelah hutan serta kawasan hutan yang sudah digusur untuk perencanaan perkebunan kelapa sawit milik SML. Di area jalan blok perencanaan pembukaan lahan yang dimaksud ditemukan setidaknya ada 4 sarang yang berjarak hanya 200-500 meter.

COP menduga bahwa setidaknya ada kurang lebih 10.000 hektar kawasan berhutan yang telah dibuka menjadi perkebunan kelapa sawit. COP berharap kawasan tersisa yang merupakan habitat orangutan harus segera diselamatkan dengan menghentikan segala proses pembukaan hutan untuk dijadikan perkebunan kelapa sawit.

Ramadhani, Manajer Perlindungan Habitat COP menyatakan, “Kita harus mendorong SML untuk menghentikan aktifitas yang membahayakan orangutan ini, serta memohon Kementrian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan sesegera mungkin melakukan verifikasi ulang ijin perkebunan SML yang diduga berada di kawasan habitat orangutan.”.

Untuk wawancara dan informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi :
Manajer Perlindungan Habitat dan Orangutan COP
HP: +62 813 4927 1904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com


The APE Crusader team found another threatened orangutan habitat in Lamandau, Central Kalimantan. Our finding is strengthened by the discovery of orangutan nests in the middle of an area that has clearing permission for oil palm plantations. From the survey of orangutan organizations in 2015, it was estimated that there were 0.23 individuals/km2 along 8,500 meters in the plantation area.

Among the pile of logs and a road that cut through the forested area, the team also found 4 nests that were only 200-500 meters away from the road. “This area is an orangutan habitat! The brutal process of clearing forests into oil palm plantations must be stopped,” said Paulinus Kristanto, Habitat Campaigner of COP.

The Act of Indonesia Republic No. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems in article 21 paragraph 2e reads, “taking, damaging, destroying, trading, storing or possessing eggs and/or nests of protected animals” will be punished with a maximum jail sentence of 5 years and a maximum fine of IDR 100 million. (IND)

Tim APE Crusader menemukan satu lagi habitat orangutan yang terancam di kabupaten Lamandau, Kalimantan Tengah. Habitat orangutan diperkuat dengan penemuan sarang yang berada di tengah ijin perencanaan pembukaan lahan perkebunan kelapa sawit. Dari hasil survei organisasi orangutan tahun 2015 diperkirakan terdapat 0,23 individu/km2 sepanjang 8.500 meter di areal perkebunan tersebut.

Di antara tumpukan kayu tebangan dan jalan yang membelah kawasan berhutan, tim juga menemukan 4 sarang yang berjarak hanya 200-500 meter. “Kawasan ini merupakan habitat orangutan! Proses pembukaan hutan menjadi perkebunan kelapa sawit harus dihentikan.”, ujar Paulinus Kristanto, juru kampanye Habitat COP.

Undang-Undang No. 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan Ekosistemnya dalam pasal 21 ayat (2) e berbunyi, “mengambil, merusak, memusnahkan, memperniagakan, menyimpan atau memiliki telur dan/atau sarang satwa yang dilindungi.”, dengan sanksi pidana penjara paling lama 5 (lima) tahun dan dengan paling banyak Rp 100.000.0000,00. (NUS)


Monday, 15 October 2018 BKSDA Pos Sampit and the APE Crusader team evacuated a female orangutan baby in Santiung Village, Mentaya Hulu, Kotawaringin Timur District, Central Kalimantan. The condition of the baby was quite wild and nearly fool the team. The baby has wound and it became an important note for further examination when translocated to BKSDA SKW II Pangkalan Bun.

“Hopefully it’s not bullet wounds”, Paulinus Kristanto prayed along the way after evacuating the baby orangutan named Sutan.

This wound is a concern during a medical examination at the OFI clinic in Central Kalimantan. Baby Sutan was x-rayed and the result found two air rifle bullets lodged in his tiny body. One bullet on the left side of the head was removed.

Baby Sutan is found in a palm oil plantation in Kotawaringin Timur, Central Kalimantan. Orangutan babies aged 1-2 years are very dependent on their mothers, but Sutan was found alone with 2 bullets in his body. Is it true that the conversion of forests to palm oil plantations has ignored the high conservation value area? (IND)

Senin, 15 Oktober 2018 KSDA Pos Sampit dan tim APE Crusader mengevakuasi bayi orangutan betina di desa Santiung, kecamatan Mentaya Hulu, kabupaten Kotawaringin Timur, Kalimantan Tengah. Kondisi bayi yang cukup liar sempat mengecohkan tim. Berkat ketelitian tim, kondisi fisik dengan luka menjadi catatan untuk pemeriksaan lanjutan saat diserahkan ke KSDA SKW II Pangkalan Bun.

Semoga bukan luka karena peluru, begitu doa Paulinus Kristanto sepanjang jalan usai mengevakuasi bayi orangutan bernama Sutan ini.

Catatan ini menjadi perhatian saat pemeriksaan medis di klinik OFI, Kalteng. Bayi Sutan pun di rontgen dan terlihat peluru senapan angin bersarang di tubuh mungilnya. Satu peluru di kepala bagian samping kiri berhasil di keluarkan.

Bayi Sutan ditemukan di perkebunan kelapa sawit di Kotawaringin Timur, Kalimantan Tengah. Bayi orangutan berusia 1-2 tahun sangat tergantung dengan induknya. Sementara Sutan ditemukan sendiri dengan 2 peluru yang bersarang di tubuhnya. Benarkah alih fungsi hutan untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit telah mengabaikan nilai konservasi tinggi kawasan tersebut?


This orangutan baby looks stressed. Being in a wooden box with a light hole that is a bit like adding to his fear. It got worse when the keeper bathes him on the river bank behind his house. The wound on his head seemed to dry out.

The APE Crusader team tried to approach this orangutan baby. But quickly he tried to stay away. “If it’s only been found for two months, surely he is still quite wild.”, Murmured Paulinus Kristanto. In a moment later, Paulinus carried a pile of leaves. And sure enough, this baby orangutan is swiftly piling up leaves like making nests.

The discovery of baby orangutans on plantations is nothing new. How can an orangutan baby be on a plantation without its mother, while a baby orangutan has a very close relationship with its mother until the age of 5 to 8 years.

The opening of palm oil plantations in the Mentaya Hulu sub-district, East Kotawaringin district, Central Kalimantan is not in dozens or hundreds of hectares. But tens of thousands of hectares that also occupy forests outside conservation forests. What about animals that live in it? Certainly they have to find another place or die unable to survive when the forest conversion occurs. Is there still a forest in Kotim? (EBO)

Bayi orangutan ini terlihat stres. Berada di kotak kayu dengan lubang cahaya yang sedikit seperti menambah ketakutannya. Semakin bertambah saat pemeliharanya memandikannya di tepi sungai belakang rumahnya. Luka di kepalanya tampak mengering.

Tim APE Crusader berusaha mendekati bayi orangutan ini. Namun dengan cepat dia pun berusaha menjauh. “Jika baru dua bulan ditemukan, pasti dia masih cukup liar.”, gumam Paulinus Kristanto. Tak lama kemudian, Paulinus membawa setumpuk daun-daun. Dan benar saja, dengan sigap bayi orangutan ini menumpuk-numpuk dedaunan yang ada seperti membuat sarang.

Penemuan bayi orangutan di perkebunan bukanlah hal yang baru. Bagaimana mungkin bayi orangutan berada di perkebunan tanpa induknya. Sementara bayi orangutan dengan induknya mememiliki hubungan yang sangat dekat hingga usia anak 5-8 tahun.

Pembukaan perkebunan kelapa sawit di kecamatan Mentaya Hulu, kabupaten Kotawaringin Timur, Kalimantan Tengah bukan hitungan belasan bahkan ratusan ha lagi. Tapi puluhan ribu ha yang juga menghabiskan hutan di luar hutan konservasi. Bagaimana satwa yang hidup di dalamnya? Sudah pasti harus mencari tempat lagi atau mati tak mampu bertahan saat alih fungsi terjadi. Masih adakah hutan di Kotim?


From east to West Kalimantan, APE Crusader finally arrived in East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan. With KSDA Region II Post Sampit section, the baby orangutan finally handed over to the country after 2 months of being cared illegally.

This female baby orangutan didn’t look healthy. There was groans several times, as if she was dealing with pain. The team saw a wound on her head that had just dry out. According to Pak Ali who found the orangutan, he found her on his farm when he was about to fishing, then he took her to be kept as pet.

How the baby orangutan was found always when the baby was alone in a farm of the locals. The local who found the baby felt pity and took it home to be cared. In fact, they didn’t even know how to take care of baby orangutan. Just like this baby orangutan called Sutan. He was put in a wooden box of 50 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm. The box condition was dirty like it had never been cleaned, there was also rotten banana leftover inside the box. The box was located behind the hut not far from the bathroom on the riverside.

If you see or heard a baby orangutan found in a farm or being kept as pet by someone, please contact Call Center Ditjen KSDAE 082299351705 or contact through COP’s email on info@orangutanprotection.com or instagram @orangutan_COP.(SAR)

Dari timur Kalimantan menuju barat, APE Crusader akhirnya tiba di kabupaten Kotawaringin Timur, Kalimantan Tengah. Bersama KSDA seksi wilayah II Pos Sampit, bayi orangutan akhirnya diserahkan kembali ke negara setelah dua bulan dipelihara secara ilegal.

Bayi orangutan berjenis kelamin betina ini terlihat tidak sehat. Beberapa kali terdengar rintihannya, seperti menahan sakit. Tim melihat ada luka di kepalanya dan sudah mulai mengering. Menurut pak Ali yang menemukan bayi orangutan tersebut, dia menemukannya di kebun sewaktu memancing, lalu membawanya untuk dipelihara.

Bagaimana bayi orangutan ditemukan selalu saja saat bayi sendiri di kebun atau ladang warga. Warga yang menemukan merasa kasihan dan membawanya untuk dipelihara. Pada kenyataannya, bagaimana cara merawat bayi orangutan pun tidak tahu. Seperti bayi orangutan bernama Sutan ini. Dia dimasukkan ke dalam kotak kayu berukuran 50cm x 30 cm x 30 cm. Kondisi kandang kotor karena tidak pernah dibersihkan, terdapat sisa pisang mentah bahkan busuk di dalamnya. Kandang pun terletak di belakang pondok tak jauh dari kamar mandi di sisi sungai.

Jika kamu melihat atau mendengar ada bayi orangutan yang ditemukan di ladang atau dipelihara seseorang, hubungi Call Center Ditjen KSDAE 082299351705 atau informasikan melalui email COP info@orangutanprotection.com atau Instagram @orangutan_COP

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