On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, the BKSDA East Kalimantan Center received a report of an adult Orangutan in the area of the Sangatta-Simpang Perdau-Muara Wahau axis road. The reporting community also stated that this Orangutan had entered the community's settlement several times, especially eating fruit in the garden around the house. There were many old and new nests in the area, indicating that the Orangutan in question had been in the area for quite some time.
Then, on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, after conducting surveillance in the morning, the East Kalimantan BKSDA WRU team decided to conduct a rescue. They decided to capture the mother and baby Orangutan so that they could be moved to a safer forest. In the afternoon, the WRU team, assisted by East Kalimantan BKSDA partners (CAN Indonesia), successfully evacuated the mother and baby Orangutans.
Head of East Kalimantan BKSDA M. Ari Wibawanto, S.Hut, M.Sc said, “That animal rescue efforts like this really need the support of all parties, be it government agencies, NGOs and the community, so that wildlife, especially protected ones including Orangutans, can continue to live in nature sustainably.”
The Kelay River is a large river in the province of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, with a catchment area of 500 square kilometres and a length of 155 kilometres. The Kelay River is located 100.2 kilometres from Berau Regency, East Kalimantan Province. On one of the tributaries of the Berau River is a forest and land area called Long Deq. Long Deq is within the administrative area of Kampung Merasa, Kelay District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan Province.
In 2019, CAN Indonesia restored five hectares of forest and land in the Long Deq area. This was done because mining activities are taking place near Kampung Merasa. These activities are causing deforestation and damage to the ecosystem, and threatening the habitat of protected wildlife such as orangutans and Bornean gibbons.
CAN Indonesia's team of just three people managed to plant 5000 tree seedlings in Long Deq. At the time, the Dayak Uma Baka community living in the village of Merasa had not accepted CAN Indonesia idea of restoration, with the majority still hegemonic about the impact of the presence of mining.
However, CAN Indonesia ambitious work to improve the condition of Kalimantan forests, which continue to be destroyed, cannot be stopped by the behaviour of the community, which has not accepted CAN Indonesia restoration work. By the year 2023, 5,000 tree seedlings planted by CAN Indonesia in the forest and land area of Long Deq will have grown big and tall. The saplings are petai and durian.
The petai and durian trees will benefit people and wildlife using the agroforestry method. Long Deq is a form of CAN Indonesia love for the world of forest restoration. To be part of protecting forests like Long Deq, start protecting forests and land now.
Trees will always provide benefits to the humans who care for them. Trees are important in natural ecosystems and human life. For wildlife, since ancient times trees have had their own function as providers of shelter and food.
Together, with the Dayak community in Merasa Village, Kelay District, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan Province and in collaboration with One Tree Planted, CAN Indonesia planted 100,000 trees in the Bawan River. Hopefully, these trees will create a balance and food supply for wildlife.
Starting in 2023 CAN Indonesia in collaboration with the Orangutan Land Trust planted 10,000 trees. This project aims to build an orangutan corridor across the Kelay River. For information, the forest along the Kelay River is home to orangutans and thousands of other species. Based on research there are more than 1000 orangutans in this landscape and unfortunately forest conversion continues throughout the year.
Therefore, CAN Indonesia and the community have developed a restoration model that can be a source of food for animals and also has economic value for the community. On the other hand, this forest can be a corridor for fragmented forests. The people involved in planting trees were very enthusiastic when they saw that all the trees had been planted. The trees will little guarantee their future, the balance of nature, and the animals that live in it.
CAN and SKW I Berau - BKSDA Kaltim do medical care of the Pangolin which have been confiscated from illegal ownership. His condition is very good and may he be able to be released back to the forest immediately.
A forest cat was rescued and currently in the BKSDA South Kalimantan, Conservation Section Area (SKW) 2, Banjarbaru for medical treatment. Thank you to all SKW 2 Banjarbaru staffs and South Kalimantan CAN volunteers who moved quickly to respond every reports so that these animals could be saved.