Conservation Efforts to Save Orangutans in Kalimantan, Borneo

Conservation Efforts to Save Orangutans in Kalimantan, Borneo

Dr Karmele Llano Sánchez, BVSc, MSc (view profile)

Orangutan populations are rapidly decreasing in numbers in Kalimantan, Indonesia. According to the last studies, wild populations have dropped with over 100,000 orangutans in the last 15 years.

Deforestation, forest conversion to agriculture, forest fires, hunting, human encroachment into orangutan habitats is leading to increasing numbers of human-orangutan conflicts, consequently impacting wild populations.

This is not only detrimental for the survival of the species but it is also serious concern for the welfare and wellbeing of these animals: orangutans are chained up, confined in cramped cages when exploited for the pet trade, wounded, hunted, prosecuted and killed.

Rapidly losing their habitat, wild orangutans are sometimes suffering from starvation.

In West Kalimantan, Indonesia, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia works non-stop rescuing orangutans from critical conditions and deadly situations. Since 2009 over 270 orangutans have already been rescued. These rescued orangutans are taken to IAR’s centre where they can be given medical care and be rehabilitated with the aim to be reintroduced back to the wild.