Once villagers would have killed rogue orangutan. This time they saved it
Engandered ape, caught stealing coconuts, gets new home deep in Borneo forest after locals call in rescue service
An adult male orangutan has been released into an Indonesian national park by conservationists and the government after he was caught eating a villager’s coconut plants on Borneo island.
As the orangutan habitat diminishes due to land use, conflicts between communities and the great apes have increased. Indonesia has designated several areas in Kalimantan as safe havens for Borneo orangutans, which are on the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered list.
Conservationists found Jala eating a villager’s coconut plants after residents reported seeing the orangutan near their gardens in March...