Scorpion Foundation Indonesia, also known as Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, together with the Wildlife Authority (BBKSDA Field Office in Sibolga), and Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) conducted a joint patrol in Simaninggir village, Central Tapanuli Regency of North Sumatra province on Tuesday (2022/10/18).
During the patrol, the team encountered a tapanuli orangutan playing on trees near the main road in the village. After a discussion among the team members, they decided that the best way to save this orangutan was by driving it away from the village and returning it back into the forest.
The team successfully drove this rarest great ape away from the village by scaring it with the sound of explosions from firecrackers. The patrol team left the location in the afternoon after they were sure that the orangutan had returned to the wilderness in Batang Toru Ecosystem (also known as Harangan Tapanuli).
Patrol team monitoring the tapanuli orangutan using binocular
Joint patrol with local community
The orangutan playing on trees near residential area
The patrol team having coffee in Simaninggir village