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| March 03, 2015
FACEBOOK, PLEASE STOP BECOME CRIME MEDIA TOWARDS WILDLIFE

Yogyakarta - The method for illegal wild animals trafficking is getting more advanced along with technology developments. One of the most common method is by using Facebook or online advertising. Facebook is the easiest communication tool between sellers to trade protected or non-protected wild animals. Mostly, sellers will create a closed communication group to promote and trade wild animals.  "Sellers and buyers will gather in one group which enable them to get information about wild animals transaction easily. sellers will upload some pictures of wild animals and put price tags on it, while bargaining session happened in comment column. When ...>>Read More

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| March 01, 2015
NEW APE WARRIOR, COP RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

Coinciding with their 8th anniversary, the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) launched the APE Warrior 2 car to replace APE Warrior. The APE Warrior vehicle has been retired after 5 years of roaming around Java, Sumatra and Bali. APE Warrior was originally called the Mobile Education Unit (MECU) and was based at COP headquarters in Jakarta. However, the COP ultimately needed to expand it to become a separate team like APE Crusader and APE Defender in Kalimantan. Physically, the APE Warrior 2 vehicle (a 2500 cc Ford Everest) is more powerful than its predecessor (a 1500 cc Toyota Rush). Subsequently, ...>>Read More

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Pungki Nanda Pratama | February 23, 2015
THE BIODIVERSITY OF LABANAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST

Far in depths of the tropical rain forest in northern Kalimantan, the Centre for Orangutan Protection is in the process of building an Orangutan Rescue Centre in the Special Purpose Forest Conservation district (KHDTK) which is governed by government institute DIPTEROCARPA.  The conditions in the Labanan rain forest are ideal for rehabilitating orangutan and any other species which requires special attention before being returned to the wild. The Labanan tropical rainforest is lowland forest and as a result its characteristics and complex biodiversity, differs from other types of forest. In the Labanan rain forest there are several lakes and karst ...>>Read More

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Ramadhani | February 21, 2015
ORANGUTANS IN THE EYES OF FUTURE FOREST RANGERS

On Thursday 5th February 2015, the Ape Defenders, a team currently working in the Labanan jungle reserve in the Berau region, offered a class about the protection of orangutans to year 11 students at Samarinda Forestry High School. These 96 students are currently completing one month of field work in the Labanan jungle reserve.  The class was held in front of the research station belonging to Governmental Research Unit B2PD (Balai Besar Penelitian Dipterokarpa) in the Labanan jungle reserve in Berau.  The class was not only attended by students, but also by many members of the local community, who were ...>>Read More

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Erni Suyanti Musabine | February 16, 2015
DON'T TEACH THE ORANGUTAN TO BEG

The orangutan, although a wild animal, bears strong genetic resemblances to humans, and has the ability to learn from its surrounding environment. Because of this, the practice of animal feeding, which is commonplace in zoos, is tantamount to teaching orangutan to beg for food. Without doubt, such a practice gives rise to unnatural behaviour, and is contrary to the principles of animal welfare, which maintain that animals in captivity must be allowed to express their natural behaviours. Eating is a vital expression of natural behaviour. The orangutan’s food should be available in its normal place, or should be hidden, as ...>>Read More

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| February 08, 2015
A MODEL FOR INTEGRATED CONSERVATION

The Head of Research and Development of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Professor San Afri Awang, paid a visit to COP's Centre in Berau, North Kalimantan. He reassured the support from the Government of Indonesia for orangutan conservation. For orangutans, our new centre is probably the most luxurious centre in Indonesia as it is located inside the protected forest and rich with biodiversity. Once the rescued orangutans arrived here, they will have the best from nature. "We just need to do in depth survey to determine wether it is suitable for a new habitat or not. However, COP's existence here ...>>Read More

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