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The 28-year-old male is a potential candidate for a spot on a sanctuary island. He was diagnosed with airsacculitis and can’t be released into the wild.

The BOSA Foundation team confiscated Alfa from a resident of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, on December 17, 1999. At that time, the male was 3-3.5 years old and weighed 10 kilograms.

In 2009, Alfa, like all orangutans undergoing rehabilitation at a BOSF facility, was moved to a pre-release island to prove he had the skills to survive in the wild. However, he was unable to pass this critical test.

Alfa is ready to live a cage-free life on a sanctuary island.

Despite living on Kaja Island for three years, he could never improve his survival skills. When he was taken into the centre for a veterinary exam in 2012, he was diagnosed with airsacculitis, a disease that could be deadly in orangutans if left untreated.

Treatment did prove successful, and now over a decade later, 28-year-old Alfa is not a suitable candidate to live again on a pre-release island. Therefore, a sanctuary island is the best solution for him so that he can live a cage-free, semi-wild life.

Please support our Sanctuary Island Appeal to give unreleasable orangutans like Alfa a chance to live a cage-free life in an environment as close to the wild as possible.