After two months attempting to rescue a juvenile male orangutan in Aceh Barat Daya in Sumatra, Scorpion Foundation and its partners including the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh), and local police, today succeeded in confiscating the primate.
The orangutan, named Sule (4 years old), had been kept illegally by a family in Aceh Barat Daya district in Aceh. When the rescue team arrived in early June to confiscate Sule, the owner refused to hand him over, and took the primate away and hid him.
BKSDA Aceh, OIC, and Scorpion Foundation then reported the case to local police and urged legal process. Today, Sule was finally confiscated and the legal case will be processed.
Sule is now in safe hands and is on his way to rescue centre to start process of reintroduction.
Investigator from Scorpion Foundation found Sule in Blang Raja village, Babahrot sub-district, Aceh Barat Daya district of Aceh in early June 2016. Together with Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) and BKSDA officer, Scorpion team visited the owner for confiscation but as soon as she saw the confiscation team, she immediate ran away with the orangutan to an unknown location. However, today Sule finally confiscated successfully.
Sule successfully confiscated in Aceh Barat Daya today.
Vet doctor from BKSDA Aceh holding Sule.
From left: Police officer, vet doctor Taing Lubis, and Sayed Nazran from Scorpion Foundation in front of Police Office in Aceh Barat Daya.
Before the confiscation, Sule was placed in this cage.