Orangutans can easily become malnourished or end up in conflict with people when they’re restricted to small patches of forest. This is why our forest restoration programmes are so vital.
Recently, while carrying out their regular orangutan monitoring in restricted patches of forest, the OIC HOCRU team found a male orangutan, later named Prime, isolated inside a palm oil plantation in the Langkat district of North Sumatra province. The team decided to rescue the orangutan and translocate him to a safe patch of forest. The team were quickly able to tranquillise the orangutan and conduct a health check. They estimated him to be around 15 years old, and because he was in good condition, the team released him into the forest later that day.