There are many captive orangutan in zoos, parks and villages in Indonesia who may be incarcerated for decades and never be released to the wild. Many of these orangutans are given no sturctural enrichement, food enrichment & their keepers have very little orangutan husbandry skills. These are the forgotten orangutans. They not only experienced some trauma when they were ripped out of their slaughtered mothers arms or were caught and sold to a zoo or private person when they wandered onto a palm oil plantation or village crop looking for food but will suffer years in captivity in sub standard conditions for the rest of their lives. Our Captive Orangutan Enrichment Angel Projects aim to find these forgotton ones and change their life for the better one by one.
If they cant be released ever then we want to be able to make their lives a little more stimulating and give their keepers training to enrich their daily lives. There are 4 groups working with each other to riase money for these projects and to implement them - With Compassion & Soul, The Centre For Orangutan Protection, Orangutan Outreach & Red Ape Resources.
In 2012 and 2013 so far we have completed a large project - Jacky's Project in Bali see this link fo rphotos of this project http://www.freewebs.com/animalorangutan/jackysprojectbalizoo.htm
Jacky before enrichment installation Jacky exploring new installation
Several small projects in Sumatra & Java were also completed. - http://www.freewebs.com/animalorangutan/apps/photos/album?albumid=14732253
Taman Rimba Jambi Zoo - enrichment for 4 bears & 5 Gibbons. Food enrichment training for Bear & Gibbon Keepers and how to make enrichment for the Bears and Gibbons daily in their cages
Taman Kandi Zoo in Sawah Lunto. Structural enrichment included 4 wooden poles 4.5 m, 2 hammocks and climbing rope. The 3 orangutans benefiting from this were Rambo, Botak and Sari. Enrichment made them very happy.
Bukit Tinggi Zoo. 2nd visit, Orangutan Ucok, Bambam and Meri. Repaired hammock and added other encrichment in the cage and installed enrichment for a gibbon and monkey too,
Medan Zoo - negoitations with management to helping animals, conduct basic enrichment training for animal keeper re food, water, cleaning cage and enrichment from food and cage. We will be back to do structural enrichment at some time.
In every town, city & village that the team stopped at they conducted a short educational session at the School, the Campus and to the Comnunity about Orangutans and their habitat. They talked to 600 students from 7 Schools (Play group, elementery School, Junior high School) and 7 nature clubs from Palembang city.
If we had more funds we would do much larger projects at each of the zoos but we have to spread the limited funds around, some some projects are smaller than others.
There are 2 upcoming projects in java, 1) The building of a small resuce centre/quarantine unit on some land next to Solo Zoo and The Serling Mas Zoo (later in the year)
WHAT IS ENRICHMENT - click here for photos? http://www.freewebs.com/animalorangutan/apps/photos/album?albumid=14732281