- Title: Indonesia to release young rescued orangutan into the wild
- Date: 16th December 2019
- Summary: BALI, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BON BON, TWO-YEAR-OLD MALE SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN PLAYING WITH HIS MATE AT BALI SAFARI PARK BON BON PLAYING AMONG LOGS BON BON HANGING ON ROPE BON BON BEING CARRIED BY HIS KEEPER FROM BALI SAFARI PARK BON BON PLAYING BON BON WITH SAFARI BALI PARK OFFICIALS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) SENIOR BALI SAFARI PARK VETERINARIAN, YOHAN KUSUMANINGTYAS SAYING: "So we will accompany Bon Bon with his keeper and veterinarian who will stay with him for four days in his habitat during the handover process to ensure he will not have the same experience as when he (Bon Bon) was separated from his parent when he separates from his mate here in Bali Safari Park and also his keeper." VARIOUS OF BON BON PLAYING AT WOODEN BRIDGE AT SAFARI BALI PARK (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) SENIOR BALI SAFARI PARK VETERINARIAN, YOHAN KUSUMANINGTYAS SAYING: "So we are not taking him to the wild directly but we will send him to SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program) and he will get into the introduction program with SOCP before he is released into the wild." BON BON PLAYING AND RUNNING UNDER WOODEN BRIDGE
- Embargoed: 30th December 2019 11:41
- Keywords: Orangutan Sumatra conservation rehabilitation wild
- Location: BALI, INDONESIA
- City: BALI, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA001BA85EFB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Bali Natural Resources Conservation Center was preparing on Monday (December 16) to relocate and release into the wild, a young orangutan that had been rescued from a Russian national who had tried to smuggle it out of the country.
The Russian national, identified as Andrei Zhestkov was caught trying to smuggle the orangutan in a suitcase in March 2019. The effort was thwarted at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali by authorities.
After being cared for at Bali Safari Park for nine months, Bon Bon the orangutan is set to be relocated to its natural habitat in Sumatra.
The centre said the vets that took care of Bon Bon at the safari park will fly to Sumatra and spend for four days there to make sure Bon Bon adapts to life with other orangutans.
Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and the population is threatened by hunting and habitat loss, according to World Wildlife Fund.
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