A Journey to Freedom

22nd November 2021

Orangutan Jungle School Star Beni and seven other orangutans have graduated

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Number of Orangutans

Release type

Pre-Release

Release site

Badak Besar Pre-release Island

Eight orangutans including Beni, Meryl, and Sura were successfully moved from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to the forested Badak Besar Pre-release Island in the Salat Island Cluster in Central Kalimantan.

Transporting the eight orangutans to Badak Besar Island involved two separate trips: the first trip took Beni, Sura, Meryl and Winey on Wednesday, November 10 and the second trip took Obama, Kejora, Susanne, and Liti two days later.

The transfer team departed for the island via the waterways, using a speedboat. The river journey took about four hours, from the Sei Gohong pier on the Rungan River, to the Kahayan River, and all the way to Badak Besar Island.

Our teams on both trips reported that once the cages were opened they observed all the orangutans exiting immediately to play around the feeding platform. Shortly after, they bravely started to explore their new surroundings and showed little hesitation when ascending tall trees or dangling from high branches.

Release shots

Beni

Liti

Sura

Meryl

Beni Release video

Now all eight orangutans, slowly but surely, can grow accustomed to looking for their own food, but our staff will also distribute supplementary foods on designated platforms every day to ensure that all the orangutans are getting the necessary nutrition.