The Scorpion Foundation was recently informed of human-orangutan conflict in Tangan-tangan subdistrict of Southwest Aceh regency, Aceh province in Sumatra. Six orangurans repeatedly steal durian fruits and areca nuts of local community in the area.
Responding to the information, the Scorpion team conducted monitoring in the area on 30 November 2019 to prevent capture or killing of these orangutans. The monitoring team was at the location from morning to evening but the orangutans did not appear.
The local people are very angry with these orangutans. It is feared that if these orangutans continue to steal durian fruits and other crops of the local community, the orangutan conflicts with humans will become a serious problem and can result in the capture and killing of the orangutans.
During the visit to the location, the Scorpion team and some local partners gave awareness programme to the community by informing them not to capture or kill the orangutans because such actions are violation of regulation of wildlife protection.
Scorpion Staff, Sayed Nazran Ahmad, symbolically handed over firecrackers to the local community to be used to scare orangutans away from durian trees.
Scorpion team and local partners.
Durian trees in Tangan-tangan area, Westcoast of Aceh regency.