After being rescued in Borneo, an orangutan flees into a new rainforest habitat.
This orangutang rushes headlong into a rainforest after being relocated from an area that was destroyed by fire. After travelling to a village and ravaging gardens in western Borneo, the male, called Jala by conservationists, had become a pest.
The 15-year-old was sedated and brought to Indonesia’s adjacent Gunung Palung national park after being supervised for a month by experts. He is now far from human settlements and has a plentiful supply of natural food.
International Animal Rescue Indonesia (IAR), the national park, the local wildlife rescue team, and the Forest Management Agency of Penjalaan were all involved in the rescue.
“The instant the door of Jala’s shipping container was unlocked at the end of his long voyage, he exited and climbed nimbly up a tree,” an IAR spokesman stated.
This is the park’s second orangutang relocation this year.
Orangutangs are highly endangered because their habitat is being removed for communities, wood, and palm oil plantations. They can only be found in the wild in Borneo and Sumatra. Babies are frequently taken to be sold as pets.