The Brigade Macan Tutul
(Leopard Brigade) of Forest Police Rapid Response Unit (Satuan Polisi Hutan
Reaksi Cepat/SPORC) recently confiscated 4 gibbon/siamangs and placed them in
front of SPORC office in Medan. The
location is very close to residential area, and many children visit the animals
every day. No veterinary doctor to care for these animals and there had been
many complaints from surrounding residents regarding the presence of these
animals in their village.
To avoid any conflict with the surrounding community, and for better care of the animals, Scorpion Foundation and SPROC’s Leopard Brigade rescued the animals by translocating them to the Sumatran Rainforest Institute (SRI) animal transit facility in Panyabungan, Mandailing Natal district of North Sumatra Province.
Accompanied by animal keepers of SRI and from Indonesian Species Conservation Program (ISCP), and a veterinary doctor, the four animals departed from Medan Wednesday afternoon (23rd of March 2016). After 12 hours drive they arrived safely in Panyabungan on the following day (Thursday morning).
The four animals will follow medical check up by SRI veterinary doctor and take care of them before they are ready for release.
The four above are pictures of the animals translocated to SRI animal transit facility in Panyabungan.
Loading the animals into a pick up car. Picture from left: Lucie Cismarova (a certified animal keeper from ISCP), and Gunung Gea from Scorpion Foundation. On the back row are Frantisek Fribiesky from ISCP, Safrit Batubarra and L. Sihombing (respectively from Leopard Brigade)
Loading pick up car with siamang gibbons.