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Wild male orangutan, Gagah, moved to safety of Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve

Support our work and have your donation doubled at 10am on the 6th, 7th and 8th December at http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/project/HabitatProtection

Gagah – wild male orangutan rescued and released. Photo by Orangutan Foundation

The wild male orangutan, who was captured last week in the village of Pendulangan (read previous post), has now been moved to the safety of the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve.  Our vet, Dr Fikri, and our Reserve Manager, PakTigor, said the orangutan (who they have named Gagah – meaning handsome) was very agile, nimble and smart and so trying to dart and capture him was very challenging. Fortunately, Pak Uduk, our Assistant Manager, is a very able tree climber and is a good shot with the anaesthetic blowpipe. Eventally, he darted Gagah at the top of a tree. After a few minutes, when Gagah started to look weak, Pak Uduk and the team approached and managed to reach the orangutan’s hand. They led him slowly down from the tree.

The next day, Gagah was examined by Dr Fikri at the BKSDA office in Pangkalan Bun. Gagah is thought to be ± 20 years old and his cheek-pads are about 7 cm wide.  He is certainly one very handsome orangutan!

Examination of Gagah by Orangutan Foundation vet, Dr Fikri – photo by Orangutan Foundation

Gagah was given a clean bill of health and it was decided to release him in the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve. During the journey Gagah looked nervous, often sound and shaking the cage, the whole time looking at the surrounding forests.

Transferring Gagah’s cage from speedboat to the Reserve. Photo by Orangutan Foundation

By late morning, the team had arrived at Camp Buluh, the site where Gagah was to be released. Due to heavy rains, Gagah had to wait in his cage for a few hours. Eventually the rain eased off and Gahah was finally released.  He immediately ran, very fast, to a tree and then moved to a more distant tree to leave the release team behind. In a very short time he was out of sight.

Gagah released and running for the nearest tree. Photo by Orangutan Foundation
Male orangutan Gagah disappearing into the forest. Photo by Orangutan Foundation

Please help us safeguard the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve to ensure a future for Gagah. Your donation can be worth double with the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012!

Save the date: 10am (UK time) 6th, 7th and 8th December

Your donations can only be doubled, online, at the link below:



A gift for orangutans

Make your donation count!  From this Monday 5th December at 10am (GMT) your online donations made via this link will be matched. Please try and donate as close to 10am as possible because the matching funds are limited. If you aren’t successful on Monday please try back each day next week starting at 10am.

Bornean Orangutan female

This fantastic opportunity and will help us to secure a future for orangutans, forests and people.

With your support:

– We can give orangutans like little orphan orangutan Steph a real chance of living in the wild.

– We can provide training and advice for Indonesian people living close to areas of orangutan habitat – helping them to develop livelihoods that aren’t detrimental to the forests, wildlife and to their future.

– We will safeguard the carbon-rich forests that are vital for local and global human populations.

Please give generously – we need you support.

Thank you,

Orangutan Foundation


Sir Terry Pratchett book auctioned in aid of orangutans

Sunday 27 November at 8pm – Monday 5 December at 8pm.

The Big Give is holding an auction from this Sunday until the start of the Christmas Challenge.

Terry Pratchett's SNUFF -proof copy for auction

Terry Pratchett's SNUFF -proof copy for auction

The Orangutan Foundation is honoured to be auctioning a proof of Sir Terry Pratchett’s latest Discworld novel, Snuff, complete with signed bookplate. There are only 155 proofs existing and this is the only signed copy to be auctioned, kindly donated by Colin Smythe, Sir Terry Pratchett’s publisher.

The auction will run from this Sunday 27 November at 8pm – Sunday 4 December at 8pm. Place your bids here


Monday 5 December at 10am – Friday 9 December.

For one week only we have a fantastic opportunity to have all online donations doubled! Donate whatever you can and we will receive the same again from the Big Give!

However, you need to be quick as funds from the Big Give are released bit by bit and, once the day’s funds are exhausted, no more donations can be made. So, we are asking our supporters to donate here http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/project/orangutans as soon as possible once the Challenge opens at 10am on Monday 5 December.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to help us to secure a future for orangutans, forests and people this Christmas. Thank you for your support!