MEDIA ALERT: Orangutan rescue taking place in Tripa Peat Swamp Forest – RIGHT NOW!
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Orangutan rescue taking place in Tripa Peat Swamp Forest – RIGHT NOW!
[TRIPA – Aceh Province – Sumatra – INDONESIA]
A specialist team including orangutan vets and government staff, made up of members of SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program) YEL (Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari) and BKSDA (Nature and Natural resource conservation agency of Indonesian Government) has just left the Tripa base camp (1000am 18/04/12) in two 4wd vehicles, and is heading into the forest to rescue and relocate an Orangutan who is trapped in a small pocket of protected forest surrounded by encroaching palm oil plantations.
The adult male orangutan has been identified as at high risk by the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest Field Team. The 1 hectare area he has been trapped in over the last months in no longer has the food to support his existence. For his immediate safety and survival he needs to be relocated to a larger forest area that can support his existence.
Relocating this orangutan is a last resort. There is always dangers involved when attempting to sedate and relocate which the specialist and experienced team will be working to minimize throughout the day. The palm oil companies are operating illegally in the area and need to immediately stop destroying the protected forests before the habitat and food source for the orangutans is completely gone.
full press release will be available as we receive updates from the team in the field
This rescue coincides with a report on findings in Rawa Tripa released by the REDD+ Task Force being release highlighting the ongoing illegal activities in the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest by palm oil companies. The press release from the REDD+ Task Force included.