Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia – A lone adult male orangutan was rescued from an isolated forest fragment in the Tripa Peat Swamp forest in the province of Aceh last year after local informants alerted conservation groups that palm oil companies planned to poison him.
His crime? Eking out an existence eating the leafy tips of oil palm seedlings because palm oil companies had destroyed the forest around him, leaving him nowhere to go.
The ape (named Seuneam after the village near where he was located), was rescued by a team comprised of veterinarians with the NGO Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), government conservation workers and members of the local community.
After a health checkup, the orang was released at the SOCP’s specialist Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in the Jantho Pine Nature Reserve in northern Aceh.
Rescues are expensive, logistically challenging and dangerous, for both staff and the orangutans. There is always…
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