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Forest Fires, Orangutan Fled to Settlement

September 29, 2015

Sampit, Ekuatorial – A Bornean orangutan (Pongopygmaeus) entered into a settlement area in Wengga Metropolitan Street, Sampit, East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan.

The female Orangutan, approximately aged 11 years, wandering in the settlements because of forest fires. It has been four days since this wild animal out of the forest, but only reported by residents on Sunday (27/9).

Jitu, a local resident, said that at first they see Orangutans in the tree. No one dared to disturb her, they even fear when that Orangutans down from the tree and climbed to the roof at night.

“We are afraid, there are people who cry and worry. He feared trouble. We also do not want to be disturbed that Orangutans,” said Jitu.

East Kotawaringin Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Musriansyah said that after received report about that, he asked Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BO) to take immediate steps for the evacuation of that 20 kilograms Orangutan.

“Orangutan fled to this settlement (Wenggi Metropolitan) because there are still forests. She sought a safe haven,” said Musriansyah. Maturidi


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