BREAKING NEWS .......NEWS....NEWS...
The orangutans featured in this one blog posting have at last been transferred to the Nyaru Menteng Rescue Centre (many of you will have seen this centre featured in "Orangutan Diary" and "Orangutan Island" films) owned by BOS.
(Just to clarify - the rescue centre is in Borneo, the head office staff are in Bogor, which is on the main island of Java.) It has been the head office staff who have been the problem all along, not the rescue centre staff.
If you are one of the caring people who wrote to BOS and WSPA asking them to help these orangutans, please know this - you made a difference and YOU have helped these (six in total) orangutans begin a new and better life. At this rescue centre orangutans receive exemplary care and attention and their goal is to give all orangutans the chance to once again return to the forest; to climb trees again, find their own wild food, choose their own friends, and most of all - their freedom.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping them.
Thanks also go to The Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) who originally rescued with the support of the local Forestry Department, these orangutans from their private owners. COP was only able to do this thanks to Orangutan Appeal UK, who donated a 4 x wheel drive APE CRUSADER truck to COP this year.
Last but not least, thanks also to the staff of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project, who cared for the orangutans whilst BOS procrastinated and made excuses.
Final note: The orangutans in question are ONLY those featured in this one Blog posting. There are many others BOS Head Office needs to accept - they have the space and the money, now it seems we must continue to provide them with the incentive/motivation - our emails to them, so please keep writing to help Lupis, Lupus and others.
These photos were taken by Karl Amman in early November 2008. The orangutans you see here have been kept like this for at least four months, during which time Nature Alert has been trying to persuade the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), supported by WSPA, to accept these and other orangutans into their rehabilitation centre.
Four months of often intense communications (mainly from me to BOS & WSPA) have failed, and to this day I don't know why BOS, who receive donations to save orangutans, refuse to help these orangutans.
BOS has the spare cage capacity and they have the (maybe your) money. In the case of the orangutans you see on this page (they also feature in my/COPs photos on earlier Blog postings) I even offered in a formal letter to personally pay for the transportation and welfare of these orangutans for a year....even though I knew BOS had plenty of money.
Let me be very clear. The problem is with BOS head office. Not with the rescue centre management - THEIR WORK AND DEDICATION IS WITHOUT QUESTION.
After four months, with Karl Amman now sharing my concerns and outrage, I have decided to name BOS. Trust me, this would never have happened if I felt the BOS head office in Indonesia were acting responsibly towards these orangutans who are in desperate need of help. To this day there is no official explanation why they refuse to help.
WILL YOU NOW HELP THSE ORANGUTANS?
PLEASE DON'T BE LIKE BOS AND IGNORE THE FATE OF THESE SUFFERING ORANGUTANS - THEY CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES CAN THEY?
If you would like to (and I hope you will) express your views to BOS and WSPA, here are their details. I have no reason to think these orangutans (and others featured on this Blog) will be rescued without public pressure.
The most senior person at BOS Indonesia and the man
to whom Nature Alert has been pleading with to
allow his organisation to accept these and other orangutans.
Please write and let him know your opinion of this situation.
Aldrianto Priadjati, Executive Director
and copy to:
Why not write to WSPA as well? They raise money for BOS.