We were delighted to receive some great news from The Great Projects in Indonesia the other day. Alongside International Animal Rescue (IAR) and the Agency for Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA), they announced the release of Pelangsi, a young male orangutan, back into the wild.

He had been found in April this year trapped in a snare in a palm plantation. He had been there for days, the team feared for his life, and his arm was severely injured – they had to eventually amputate his hand. He received intensive care, and slowly recovered from his injuries in IARsOrangutan Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre in Ketapang.

After 6 months of rehab he was finally fit and well enough to be released back into the wild. Sadly his original home in the forest has been completely destroyed and converted into palm plantations, so Pelangsi has had to be reintroduced into a different area.

Watch the happy moment of his release:

Alan Knight, Chief Executive of International Animal Rescue said that, When endangered species like the orangutan are in crisis, every single individual counts. Pelangsis story is cause for celebration, not only because his life has been saved, but also because his reintroduction into the wild is a small but symbolic step in support of orangutan conservation.

IARs rehabilitation centre at Ketapang is home to more than 50 orangutans, the majority of whom IAR aims eventually follow Pelangas’s footsteps in returning to the wild.

If you would like to play a part in IAR’s amazing work at Ketapang, Contact The Great Projects team about their IAR Orangutan Project.

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