AN ISLAND FOR MICHELLE

After a year of waiting in the quarantine cage, finally Michelle, a female orangutan from the Mulawarman University Botanical Garden in Samarinda (KRUS) will begin her independent life for the first time on the COP Borneo orangutan island. This island is the final stage of orangutan rehabilitation to stimulate the wild nature of orangutans.

Getting to know Icel (Michelle’s nickname) the spoiled one who has never been released from human care is a big concern. Can Icel survive a day … two days … or a week on the island? Plans A to C are always carefully monitored by the APE Defender team (the team responsible for orangutans when rehabilitated).

Until the day awaited, the day Michelle is transferred to the island arrived. “Transfer of Icel goes smoothly, thank God we don’t need to anesthetize her. Enough with fruit and milk. “Icel … this is your most important day, show that you can survive without humans! The forest is really waiting for you, “said vet Flora full of hope.

On the first day on the island, Icel seemed to dwell on the tower. Seems to occasionally hold a rope that connects one tower to a tree. But she chose to stay in the tower while eating fruits that were deliberately placed there. “Maybe our anxiety is similar to Icel’s fear to start the exploration. From across the island the team continued to take turns ensuring Icel is fine. ” (REZ)

PULAU ORANGUTAN UNTUK MICHELLE

Setelah setahun menunggu di kandang karantina, akhirnya Michelle, orangutan betina dari Kebun Raya Universitas Mulawarman Samarinda (KRUS) akan memulai kehidupan mandirinya untuk pertama kali di pulau orangutan COP Borneo. Pulau ini adalah tahapan akhir dari orangutan rehabilitasi untuk merangsang sifat liar dari orangutan. 

Mengenal Icel (panggilan Michelle) si manja yang tak pernah lepas dari perawatan manusia ada kekawatiran besar, mampukah Icel bertahan sehari… dua hari… atau seminggu di pulau tersebut. Rencana A hingga C tak lepas dari pantauan tim APE Defender (tim yang bertanggung jawab pada orangutan saat direhabilitasi). 

Hingga hari yang ditunggu, hari pemindahan Michelle ke pulau pun tiba. “Pemindahan Icel berjalan dengan lancar, syukurlah kita tidak perlu membiusnya. Cukup dengan buah dan susu. Icel… ini adalah hari terpentingmu, tunjukkan kalau kamu bisa bertahan hidup tanpa manusia! Hutan sesungguhnya menantimu.”, ujar drh. Flora penuh harapan.

Hari pertama di pulau, Icel terlihat banyak berdiam di atas menara. Tampak sesekali memegang tali yang menghubungkan satu menara dengan pohon. Tapi icel memilih berdiam di menara sambil makan buah-buahan yang sengaja ditaruh di situ. “Mungkin rasa was-was kami sama dengan rasa takut Icel untuk memulai penjelajahannya. Dari seberang pulau tim terus bergantian memastikan Icel baik-baik saja.”. (REZ)

 

LEMANG JELLY FOR ORANGUTAN

Have you ever eaten lemang? Glutinous rice which is put into bamboo and cooked by burning the bamboo? In Berau, East Kalimantan we call it lemang, while in Toraja, South Sulawesi it’s called Piong Bo’bo. What is it called in other regions?

Well, specifically at the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center in Berau, East Kalimantan, there is a food called ‘Lemang Jelly’. Actually it depends on the contents. This time the lemongrass is filled with jelly mixed with several pieces of fruit, eggs and banana stems. According to nutritionists, banana tree trunks contain various nutrients such as tannin, sugar, vitamins A, B, C, starch saponins, potassium, serotine, hydrocytitamine and norepinephrine. The benefits of banana stems which are rich in fiber are certainly good for orangutan intestinal health.

How does it taste? To be sure, orangutans really enjoy this jelly lemang … until the last jelly slice. Especially when they find an egg in it. Sure … they won’t want to let go of this special lemang. (EBO)

LEMANG JELLY UNTUK ORANGUTAN

Sudah pernah makan lemang? Beras ketan yang dimasukkan ke dalam bambu kemudian dimasak dengan cara dibakar? Lemang namanya kalau di Berau, Kalimantan Timur, sementara kalau di tanah Toraja, Sulawesi Selatan disebut pa Piong Bo’bo. Kalau di daerah lain disebut apa ya?

Nah, khusus di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo yang terletak di Berau, Kalimantan Timur ada makanan yang namanya ‘Lemang Jelly’. Sebenarnya tergantung isinya. Kali ini lemangnya diisi dengan jelly yang dicampur dengan beberapa potongan buah, telur dan juga batang pisang. Menurut ahli gizi, batang pohon pisang mengandung berbagai nutrisi seperti tanin, gula, vitamin A, B, C, saponin zat tepung, kalium, serotin, hidrokitiptamin dan neropinefrin. Manfaat dari batang pisang yang kaya akan serat ini tentunya baik untuk kesehatan usus orangutan. 

Rasanya bagaimana ya? Yang pasti, orangutan terlihat sangat menikmati lemang jelly ini… hingga potongan jelly paling akhir. Apalagi saat mereka menemukan sebutir telur di dalamnya. Yakin… mereka tidak akan mau melepaskan lemang istimewa ini. (FLO)

THE COLLAPSING OF 40 YEARS OLD TREES IN LABANAN FOREST

The sound of a chainsaw blaring around the Borneo COP camp. Followed by the sound of a tree falling on the ground. One … two … and countless. Suddenly the forest school class became so bright, the big trees have collapsed.

The Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation center located in Labanan Research Forest is the best rainforest owned by Indonesia. Being in this forest, like being in a very different place. Humidity is high enough to attract us to continue to be in it, while outside the temperature of Borneo is so stinging. “Not surprisingly, orangutans are very fond of being in a forest school class. Passing a day with them feels so quick. “, Said Johni, coordinator of animal care.

Unfortunately the threat of encroachment on Labanan Research Forest never stopped. Entering the fifth year of the Center for Orangutan Protection here, the conflict continues. “See! we have to lose trees aged 40-45 this year, we do not know who cut them, “said Daniek Hendarto, COP action manager. Three days later, when the team returned to this location, the logs were gone, the trees had disappeared. (EBO)

ROBOHNYA POHON BERUSIA 40 TAHUN DI HUTAN LABANAN

Suara gergaji mesin membahana di sekitaran camp COP Borneo. Disusul suara jatuhnya pohon mengenai tanah. Satu… dua… dan tak terhitung lagi. Tiba-tiba saja kelas sekolah hutan menjadi begitu terang, pohon-pohon besar itu roboh.

Pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo yang berlokasi di Hutan Penelitian Labanan adalah hutan hujan terbaik yang dimiliki Indonesia. Berada di hutan ini, seperti berada di tempat yang sangat berbeda. Kelembaban yang cukup tinggi menarik kita untuk terus berada di dalamnya, sementara di luar suhu Kalimantan begitu menyengat. “Tak heran, orangutan sangat menyukai berada di kelas sekolah hutan. Seharian bersama mereka tidak akan pernah terasa.”, ujar Johni, kordinator perawat satwa.

Sayang ancaman perambahan Hutan Penelitian Labanan tak pernah berhenti. Memasuki tahun kelima Centre for Orangutan Protection di sini, konflik terus berlanjut. “Lihat! kita harus kehilangan pohon berusia 40-45 tahun ini, entah siapa yang memotongnya.”, ujar Daniek Hendarto, manajer aksi COP. Tiga hari kemudian, saat tim kembali ke lokasi ini, pohon sudah tidak ada, tebangan-tebangan pohon sudah menghilang. 

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)

ALOUISE TOOK REFUGE IN SEPTI

Alouise took part in a forest school class several times. But repeatedly, his behavior made other orangutans avoid him. Such as not wanting to let Annie out of his arms, pulling bigger orangutans until finally no orangutans would want to get close to him. What makes it more difficult is this exclusion made Alouise choose to play alone and stay alone at the forest school location.

His small body and very high climbing ability really made it difficult for animal keepers at the COP Borneo forest school. Alouise seemed to disappear in the thick of the forest school. “If he doesn’t move, we don’t know of his whereabouts,” Jevri said.

After weeks full of drama Alouise did not have friends and stayed at the jungle school finally Alouise could make us breathe a sigh of relief. “We tried to introduce Alouise to Septi, a female orangutan who had been a sister to Popi. Small orangutans do need a protective figure. As the body and age get stronger, he will be more independent later.”, said Reza Kurniawan, the primatologist of orangutans.

Septi accepts and looks after Alouise. “This has been going on for almost 2 weeks, I just saw it once, Alouise played alone, and even then it didn’t last long. When I approached Alouise, he immediately went to Septi, “Jevri said again.

Like mother and baby orangutan, in the wild, children will not play away from their mothers. When there is danger approaching, the orangutan will run to his mother. Like a human child too, who always looks for his mother when she starts feeling alone. Alouise took refuge in Septi. (EBO)

ALOUISE BERLINDUNG PADA SEPTI

Beberapa kali Alouise mengikuti kelas sekolah hutan. Tapi berulang kali, tingkahnya membuat orangutan lainnya menghindar darinya. Mulai dari tak mau melepas Annie dari pelukannya, menarik orangutan yang lebih besar darinya hingga akhirnya tak satupun orangutan mau berdekatan dengannya. Lebih menyulitkan lagi pengucilan ini membuat Alouise memilih bermain sendiri dan menginap sendiri di lokasi sekolah hutan.

Tubuh nya yang kecil dan kemampuan memanjatnya yang sangat tinggi benar-benar menyulitkan para animal keeper di sekolah hutan COP Borneo. Alouise seperti menghilang di lebatnya sekolah hutan. “Jika dia tidak bergerak, ya kita tidak mengetahui keberadaannya.”, ujar Jevri.

Setelah minggu-minggu penuh drama Alouise tidak punya teman dan menginap di sekolah hutan akhirnya Alouise bisa membuat kami bernafas lega. “Kami mencoba mengenalkan Alouise pada Septi, orangutan betina yang pernah menjadi kakak untuk Popi. Orangutan kecil memang membutuhkan sosok pelindung. Seiring usia dan tubuhnya yang semakin kuat, dia akan lebih mandiri nantinya.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, primatologis orangutan.

Septi pun menerima dan terlihat menjaga Alouise. “Ini sudah berlangsung hampir 2 minggu, saya baru melihat sekali, Alouise bermain sendiri, itupun tidak berlangsung lama. Ketika saya mendekati Alouise, dia langsung beranjak ke badan Septi.”, ujar Jevri lagi. 

Seperti induk dan anak orangutan yang di alam liar, anak tidak akan bermain jauh-jauh dari ibunya. Ketika ada bahaya mendekat, anak orangutan akan berlari ke ibunya. Seperti anak manusia juga, yang selalu mencari ibunya saat mulai merasa sendirian. Alouise berlindung pada Septi. (WET)

WHEN BABY BITES LANDED SMOOTHLY (1)

Bitten by an orangutan baby? How does it feel? Babies are cute, cute and adorable. Are you sure???

There are currently 9 orangutan babies at the Borneo COP Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, Berau, East Kalimantan. Orangutan babies have physical and behavioral characteristics similar to human babies. The difference is that orangutan babies have 10 teeth when they are one year old, including canines. You can imagine when they want to play or feel disturbed and do biting actions, right?

Baby orangutan bites landed smoothly on your skin, this commonly experienced by baby sitters and medical team. Usually, new baby orangutans enter the quarantine cage for the first time. This is an orangutan baby self-defence mechanism.

Orangutan babies experienced past trauma before arriving at the rehabilitation center, when they were forced to escape from their mothers. It could be that the mother was brutally murdered before their eyes. In fact, the orangutan mothers will not part with their children before their children are ready to live their own lives in the forest. The child is separated from the mother when she or he is 6-8 years old. (EBO)

SAAT GIGITAN BAYI MENDARAT DENGAN MULUS (1)

Tergigit bayi orangutan? Bukan tergigit tapi digigit bayi orangutan. Gimana rasanya? Bayi kan lucu, imut dan menggemaskan. Yakin???

Saat ini ada 9 bayi orangutan di pusat Rehabilitasi Orangutan COP Borneo, Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Bayi orangutan memiliki karakter fisik dan perilaku yang mirip dengen bayi manusia. Bedanya, bayi orangutan sudah mempunyai 10 gigi saat berumur satu tahun termasuk gigi taring. Bisa dibayangkan saat mereka ingin bermain atau merasa terganggu dan melakukan tindakan gigit-menggigit, bukan? 

Kejadian gigitan bayi mendarat dengan mulus sudah biasa dirasakan baby sitter maupun medis. Biasanya, bayi orangutan yang baru masuk ke kandang karantina untuk pertama kalinya. Ini merupakan usaha bayi orangutan mempertahankan diri. 

Trauma masa lalu sebelum bayi orangutan sampai di pusat rehabilitasi, dimana dia secara terpaksa lepas dari induknya. Bisa jadi, induknya dibunuh secara kejam di depan matanya. Faktanya, induk orangutan tidak akan berpisah dengan anaknya sebelum anaknya siap menjalani kehidupan sendiri di hutan. Anak baru terpisah dengan induknya saat berumur 6-8 tahun. (FLO)

ROOM MAKE UP FOR ORANGUTAN

Since the block enclosure was established in 2015 and inhabited by Ambon and Memo, it has never been repainted. Small repairs such as for broken bars or cage floor damage have been carried out periodically. Now, the room make up team will work to improve any defects for the orangutan’s cage.

Limited number of enclosures require continuous planning. When the medical team is ready for their job to check orangutan’s health in this block, the animal keepers prepare for painting, hammock repairs and inspection of the cage. Orangutans prepare to move rooms.

The room make up team who are none other than tireless workers at COP Borneo are ready to sand, paint and make sure the rooms are ready to be occupied. Giving disinfectants is a signal, Ambon the orangutan is welcome to occupy his new room.

“Amazing room make up team!” Hopefully team will always be in good health to able to give new colors to other orangutan rooms. (EBO)

BEDAH KAMAR UNTUK ORANGUTAN

Sejak kandang blok yang dihuni orangutan Ambon dan Memo berdiri di tahun 2015, kadang belum pernah dicat ulang. Perbaikan-perbaikan kecil seperti besi yang putus atau semen lantai kandang yang bolong secara berkala sudah dilakukan. Kini, kehadiran tim bedah kamar orangutan akan bekerja memperbaiki kekurangan yang ada.

Keterbatasan kandang membutuhkan perencanaan yang berkesinambungan. Bagian medis tentu saja siap dengan pekerjaan pemeriksaan kesehatan orangutan di blok ini. Sementara animal keeper bersiap untuk pengecatan, perbaikan hammock dan pemeriksaan kelayakkan kandang. Orangutan bersiap untuk berpindah kamar.

Tim bedah kamar yang tak lain adalah pekerja-pekerja tak kenal lelah di COP Borneo telah siap mengamplas, mengecat dan memastikan kamar siap dihuni. Pemberian disinfektan menjadi isyarat, orangutan Ambon dipersilahkan menempati kamar barunya. 

“Tim bedah kamar yang luar biasa!”. Semoga tim sehat terus agar selalu bisa memberi warna baru di kamar-kamar orangutan lainnya. (FLO)

AMBON WEIGHS 69 KG NOW

Who owns a body weight of almost 70 kg at the Borneo COP orangutan rehabilitation center? That weight of course does not belong to orangutan children who are attending forest school classes. That’s like an adult’s weight. This must belong to an adult orangutan. Who is he? Or maybe it’s an animal keeper!

His handsome face is often admired by many people. It shows his dignity but unfortunately must end up in a cage. Dreams still continue, taking him to an island, where he can freely climb, choose the foods he wants to eat or explore in limited ways.

All know him as the cool Ambon. His eyes always stared pleasantly. His cheek pad often makes anyone who first approaches him back off. With his big body and long hair, we can feel his dominance from a distance.

Today, Ambon underwent an annual health check. Its weight is recorded again. “With the current weight, Ambon looks more agile. Hopefully Ambon will have the opportunity to return to the orangutan island, “said vet Flora, full of hope. (EBO)

BOBOT AMBON SEKARANG 69 KG

Siapakah pemilik berat badan 70 kg kurang 1 kg di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo? Berat segitu, pastinya bukan milik anak-anak orangutan yang sedang mengikuti kelas sekolah hutan. Itu seperti berat badan seorang dewasa. Ini pasti milik orangutan dewasa. Siapakah dia? Jangan-jangan miliknya animal keeper!

Wajah tampannya sering dikagumi banyak orang. Terlihat sekali wibawanya namun sayang harus berakhir di kandang. Mimpi masih terus berlanjut, membawanya ke sebuah pulau, dimana dia bisa dengan bebas memanjat, memilih makanan yang ingin dimakannya atau menjelajah secara terbatas. 

Semua mengenalnya dengan sebutan si kalem Ambon. Matanya selalu menatap dengan ramah. Checkpadnya sering membuat mundur siapapun yang pertama kali mendekatinya. Apalagi tubuh besar dan rambutnya yang gondrong. Dari jauh terasa dominasinya.

Hari ini, Ambon menjalani pemeriksaan kesehatan tahunan. Beratnya tercatat kembali. “Dengan beratnya yang sekarang, Ambon terlihat lebih lincah. Semoga Ambon berkesempatan kembali ke pulau orangutan.”, ujar drh. Flora penuh harapan. (FLO)

 

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)

 

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)

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