Orangutan Release in Borneo

CHES graduate affiliate Liz Ballare emails from Borneo

"I am currently in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia finishing sample collection and field work at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center. I will continue to mentor a student assistant/counterpart who will return from the Bukit Batikap Release Forest mid-August to help me collect samples on one of three release-practice islands behind the center while collecting data for her undergraduate thesis. Additionally, I am in the final stages of obtaining sample export permits which will allow me to bring fecal samples to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and urine samples back to Rutgers University for analyses."

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"This is a photo of me releasing orangutan Ella with BOSF post-release monitoring coordinator Coral Weaver on April 19, 2016. Ella was confiscated from a local resident in the Pulang Pisau Regency of Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia in 2005. She came to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center at two years old weighing just 11kg. After a successful rehab process and time in forest school, Ella was moved to pre-release Kaja Island behind the center where she spent two years before her official release to Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest. Ella is doing remarkably well, enjoying her new found freedom exploring the forest and foraging for food."