None of these orangutans or, those who were returned earlier, would have gone back to Indonesia without the massive international campaign by Nature Alert. We still believe the Malaysian authorities are witholding illegally held oranguatns in zoos and Safari Parks. Until the contents of a DNA report are made public, we will never know for certain.
A BIG THANKS to all of you who have helped with our campaign.
Nation (Malaysia)Friday September 28, 2007
Orang utans to go to Indonesia
By JASON LIOH
MALACCA: Four orang utans that were found not to be of a species found in Malaysia have been returned to Indonesia. Malacca Zoo director Mohd Nawayai Yasak said the four were from the pongo pygmaeus wurmbii species normally found in the forests of Borneo.
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Last moments: Caretaker Mohd Shamsudin Ghazali carrying Dodi and Linda in Malacca yesterday. Mohd Shamsudin had taken care of the two orang utans for the past seven years, but Dodi and Linda, along with two other orang utans, were scheduled to fly to Jakarta today.
He said the origins of the four, named Mamat, Minah, Dodi and Linda, was discovered after the Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department carried out DNA tests on all 60 orang utans in the country, including in zoos and theme parks. “It was found that these four orang utans were different from the other species. There were no details of how they were acquired,” Nawayai said.
He said Dodi and Linda have been in the Malacca Zoo for the past five years while Mamat and Minah were seized from a theme park for not having the necessary permits 10 days ago.
Malaysia is a member of the Convention of International Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).
CITES requires an animal to be sent back to its country of origin if it does not have proper import certification and cannot be established how it was brought into the country. Nawayai said the orang utans would be handed over to the Indonesian Forestry Department. They are scheduled to fly to Jakarta from KL International Airport today and would go through a rehabilitation programme before being sent to Kalimantan.
Photo and article credit/thanks Nation newspaper, Malaysia