Orangutan Confiscation 18 April 2012 | Paul Hilton Photos

A 2 year old, orphaned orangutan named Rahul was confiscated from a small village on the edge of the Tripa peat forest, 20 April 2012. This is the second rescue this week highlighting the need for urgent action to prevent local extinction. The confiscation team and police arrived at the scene at 10:45am today and identified the young orangutan immediately, tied to a small shop. Specialist orangutan veterinarian drh Yenny Saraswati of the SOCP promptly conducted a health inspection of the young orangutan. ???The condition of this young male is not good, he is suffering from malnutrition, his skin is bad, and he has a wound from where he has been tied with a rope. We will provide medical treatment, monitor his condition, then release him in a healthy forest???. Photo: Paul Hilton/SOCP/YEL(HAND OUT IMAGE ONLY, EDITORIAL USE ONLY)

A baby orangutan was captured from an oil palm concession operating in protected Leuser Ecosystem, the orangutan was illegally kept as a pet and confiscated by the team from YEL, SOCP, BKSDA and Police force on April 20, 2012 in Babahrot sub-district, Tripa. The location of the confiscation borders the protected Leuser Ecosystem.


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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

2 responses to “Orangutan Confiscation 18 April 2012 | Paul Hilton Photos”

  1. Judy says :

    I read about Rahul’s rescue when it happened,how is he?has his skin improved and his rope wound healed?I am sure he is no longer malnourished after being in the care of the heroes at SOCP!:-))!What are the plans to release him?Surely he is still a bit young to go back to the forest for a long time yet?Whilst I am delighted to read of successful rescues it always amazes me that when the poor Orangutans are confiscated they are usually in such a poor condition.Why do the villagers and other individuals capture & buy these lovely babies to keep as pets when they have neither the means or the knowledge to care for them properly and they must see how much the Orangutan is suffering when they keep it shackled,deprived of its mothers love,hungry & neglected?It is so sad……If they want a status symbol, for the same paltry price they pay for one of these babies, surely there must be other ‘shiny trophies’-that can be purchased LEGALLY at the many markets that are local to them?AND I DON’T MEAN ANIMALS!!!Keep up the fantastic work SOCP!!!!!!!

    • endoftheicons says :

      Thanks for following our work in Tripa, we’ll post about Rahul and Chocolate progress as they are undergoing recovery and learning the skills required to live in the wild in SOCP quarantine centre.

      meanwhile, visits SOCP website to find out other means to help!


      dont forget to send some love to our ground team in Tripa simply by “like” our facebook page, following us on twitter as well as mention and RT’ing us – tell our ground team you care!

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