This undated picture taken late on February 2016 and released by Centre of Orangutan Protection on March 3, 2016, shows the body of an Orangutan after a forest fire at Kutai National Park in Bontang, East Kalimantan province.

Indonesia: Three Orangutans, including a baby, burnt to death in Borneo forest fire
3rd March 2016;

Three female Orangutans, including a baby, were burnt to death in Borneo after being caught in a fire believed to have been started illegally to clear land for farming, an official and protection group said on Thursday (March 3).

The charred bodies of the endangered Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), believed to be a mother and her two daughters, were discovered among fire-blackened remains of trees, their limbs outstretched and grimaces of pain on their faces.

They were found in Bontang, in the Indonesian part of Borneo island, close to Kutai National Park. Park officials began investigating after seeing pictures of the animals circulating on social media, said park staff member Dede Hidayat.

“We went to the scene about one kilometre (half a mile) outside the national park and we found the Orangutans lying on the ground, badly burnt,” she told AFP.

Wildlife authorities and police are now investigating the case. No one has been arrested yet, but if convicted, a perpetrator could face up to five years in jail for breaking wildlife protection laws.

Environmental group the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), which is helping authorities investigate the case, believe the fire was illegally started by a farmer to clear a small area of land for cultivation.

Slash-and-burn forest clearance, mostly to make way for palm oil plantations, is common across Indonesia and environmentalists say it has contributed to the destruction of many endangered species’ natural habitats.

It was also blamed for causing huge forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in acrid smog last year. Many Orangutans had to be rescued from the blazes.

COP, which runs an Orangutan rescue centre in Borneo, carried out an autopsy on the apes after they were discovered last month. The group found they were all female, and aged around 20, 10, and less than one year, said COP founder Hardi Baktiantoro.

Protection group the International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the Bornean Orangutan as endangered.

Besides destruction of their habitats for agriculture, the primates face other threats. They are sometimes targeted by villagers who view them as pests, and caught by poachers who want to sell them as pets.

Source: AFP, on Coconuts Jakarta

Autopsy results for the 3 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) bodies that were burned in a land fire in Bontang, East Kalimantan on 23rd Feb 2016. These bodies are in a rotting condition.

“The deaths of these Orangutans are classified burning condition 3 where the burned area covers 90%, causing loss of body fluids, electrolyte and even protein, causing severe dehydration and organ dysfunctions,” explained Dr. Imam Arifin, vet for Centre for Orangutan Protection.

Source: Centre for Orangutan Protection Facebook

Indonesia: Three female Orangutans have died in a land fire near a protected forest in Indonesia amid claims the blaze was started deliberately
The Orangutans were caught in a blaze in Bontang City, East Kalimantan
They were one twenty year old, one ten year old, and a baby Orangutan around age of one
Fire was ‘deliberately started to clear land for farming’ according to claims
Orangutans were discovered after resident posted a picture on Facebook

They were buried by a team of officers to prevent possible diseases
By Gianluca Mezzofiore, 28th February 2016;

These are the horrific pictures of three female Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) who were killed in a land fire in Indonesia.

The Orangutans – two twenty year olds (Actually, based on other sources, one was around twenty years old while the other was around ten years of age) and a baby around the age of one – were caught in the blaze near a protected forest in Bontang City, East Kalimantan.

The founder of the Centre for Orangutan Protection, Hardi Baktiantoro, claims the forest fire was deliberately started to clear the land for farming.

“It is completely illegal to clear forest land by burning it, and in this case the land that was burnt still had three Orangutans living there,” he said.

After investigating the death of the Orangutans, a team of officers from the Kutai National Park and the Bontang city police buried the three orangutans.

“The bodies of the Orangutans were decayed so we buried them soon after the investigation to prevent them from spreading disease,” the head of the Kutai National Park Office, Erly Sukrismanto, said.

The bodies of the Orangutans were discovered after a resident posted a picture of them on Facebook.

Professional photojournalist Yuli Seperi said: “I saw a friend post a status on Facebook about the deaths so I went the location where the three Orangutans were.”

“The deaths made me extremely upset as Orangutans are a huge icon to Indonesia.”

The forest fires are claimed to have started around 14.30 Saturday 20th February.

The founder of the Centre for Orangutan Protection said: “It is not clear why the three Orangutans could not escape the fire as they usually can. Perhaps they were afraid of the humans that surrounded the fragmented forest.”

“The three dead are believed to be a family of all females, one twenty year old, one ten year old, and one baby Orangutan around the age of one.”

Source: The Daily Mail

Today, The Ministry of Forestry, Police and COP start the autopsy to find out the cause of death for 3 Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) at the burned out area, not far from Kutai National Parks and Bontang Protected Forest. The Orangutan corpses are taken and bought to the office of Bontang Police. COP’s vet team will conduct the autopsy. Stay tuned for updates.

Source: Centre for Orangutan Protection Facebook

BLACK SUNDAY

We are sorry to inform you that we have just received a report from a local: an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) mother with her baby as well as a third Orangutan have been burnt in East Kalimantan. Our APE Crusader Team and the Wildlife Authority are investigating this case now. Stay tuned for the updates from the field.

Source: Centre for Orangutan Protection Facebook

Updates on BLACK SUNDAY‬ case

There were 3 Orangutans being killed during fires yesterday. It is a forested area that neighbouring with sand mining. Wildlife Authority and Police with support from COP are doing legal investigation. We have suspects already and police manage to arrest them. Meanwhile, COP’S vet will do an autopsy.

Source: Centre for Orangutan Protection Facebook

ORANGUTAN FOUND DEAD WITH BULLETS EMBEDDED IN HER CHEST!

This morning the BOSF rescue team from Nyaru Menteng and Mawas found the body of a female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), estimated to be 15 years of age, dead on the bank of the Mangkutub River, Central Kalimantan. This female is suspected to be have been purposely killed. The BOSF Nyaru Menteng vets present at the scene conducted an initial examination and found a gunshot wound to the lefthand side of her chest, and a 10 cm wide cut to her hip. Currently we are moving her body to Nyaru Menteng for a full necropsy to confirm the cause of death. Keep following our timeline for further information!

Source: Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Twitter

  1. The 50-year-old Orangutan died at a clinic after veterinarians spent several hours trying to save him
  2. Despite their best efforts, they could do little to stop the infections and severity of the injuries caused by being shot 22 times
  3. He was declared dead a few hours after arriving at the clinic run by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program
  4. The orangutan’s right eye had been irreparably damaged in the shooting, while it also suffered a large wound on its shoulder and multiple fractures
  5. The injured Sumatran Orangutan was tracked and captured by officials after it was shot by local hunters
  6. It’s believed he was shot by hunters because he liked to eat from the locals’ durian fruit trees
  7. There are an estimated 7,000 Orangutan left living freely in the north of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia

Photos: Sutanta Aditya

Indonesia: Endangered Orangutan dies after being shot with an air rifle 22 times, including once in the eye, because it was eating crops in Indonesian national park
By Corey Charlton, 4th November 2015;

A critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii)has died after being shot 22 times with an air rifle for eating fruit taken from local crops.

Veterinarians worked to save the life of the 50-year-old male Orangutan for several hours, but could do little after discovering 22 air rifle bullets riddled throughout its body.

One had destroyed the sight in its right eye, while it also had a large gash on its shoulder, several fractures and was suffering from severe infections.

The injured creature was tracked by officials in Mount Leuser National Park, Indonesia, after they became aware it was shot by hunters for eating the sweet fruit durian.

Andi Basrul, the head of the national park centre, told the Jakarta Post: “Many Orangutans have been shot before, but it is only this time that one has died so tragically, with so many gunshot wounds.”

He told the paper it was hunted by locals because it liked to eat from the durian trees they owned in the area. Although officials had tried to rescue it earlier, it evaded capture by climbing trees.

He added: “A week ago we tried to save it. But when we tried to catch it, it climbed up to the top of a tall tree.”

The species is considered Critically Endangered.

Found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, there are estimated to be around only 7,000 left scattered throughout the island’s northern rainforests.

However, the population is coming under severe pressure from desforestation – much of which is driven by the need for palm oil.

Source: The Daily Mail