West Kalimantan, Indonesia - Ketapang
KETAPANG AND GUNUNG PALUNG NATIONAL PARK
The orangutans in West Kalimantan have been suffering a very cruel fate. For the past few years, hundreds of orangutans have been slaughtered due to the destruction of their forest by unscrupulous timber companies and ever-expanding palm oil plantations. No one was there to help these orangutans in need, until now!
INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE
International Animal Rescue (IAR), a nonprofit organisation out of the UK, has a team in Indonesia who specialises in rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans, macaques and slow lorises, and releasing them back into protected areas in the wild. The IAR team is caring for a growing number of orangutans in a small, temporary rescue centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan (IAR Ketapang rescue centre) while they work to establish a more permanent facility. The existing centre in which IAR started from, was no more than a collection of cramped rusty cages, some of which contained frustrated orangutans with no toys or any other kind of environmental enrichment. With generous support from the public, IAR has done a great deal to improve the deplorable conditions at the Ketapang centre.
Veterinarian and Executive Director Karmele Llano Sanchez and her staff have treated injuries and ailments of existing orangutans, and have taken in a number of new rescues at the centre. Four enclosures have been built, and some of the larger orangutans have been enjoying their new freedom as they swing in the hammocks and tires, and play with other orangutans, perhaps for the first time in their lives.