Hundreds of Orangutans to Finally Get Taste of Freedom in Indonesia

The concession covers 86,540 hectares of previously logged land in East Kalimantan, for which the RHOI must pay a license fee of Rp 13 billion ($1.4 million) over the next 60 years. But the sluggish bureaucratic process meant the group only now received approval to start releasing the apes back into the wild. “In addition to the concession we’ve been granted by the Forestry Ministry, we plan to add another 23,000 hectares in the northern part of East Kalimantan, because not all the land we got is suitable as an orangutan release habitat,” said Togu Manurung, chairman of the BOS Foundation. “The topography is the main challenge — at 900 meters above sea level, it’s too high an elevation for orangutans.” He said each orangutan would ideally require at least 150 hectares of forest in which to roam, given its wide home range. “We’ll release the orangutans in several phases thr...

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