Appeal supports COP rescues

Kerrie With Guard

COP’s director and founder, Hardi has sent this heartbreaking report on 4 captive orangutans which are being held in disgusting conditions in West Kalimantan so we can understand exactly what it is like!

Lupis and Lupus have been caged for more than 8 years without knowing when
they will be free again. They don't even know what they have done wrong to live such miserable lives. There is no way out, the doors are welded shut. If this is not enough Lupus has a big chain round his neck which is strangling him!

About 6 kilometres from Lupis and Lupus, Jojo is living in even worse conditions.
His mother was shot by a hunter when he was 1 year old and he is forced to spend the rest of his life in a 1 × 1 x 1.5 metre cage where there is no space for him to move.

Maybe Jojo is luckier than Neng. COP met Neng on the fringes of the Danau Sentarum National Park, about 10-hour drive from Pontianak, the provincial capital of West Kalimantan. At the time, Neng was badly sick with a high temperature and she was almost blind because of her illness. Neng can't walk, so why do they need to chain her
by the neck? There's no roof to keep her from the heat of the sun or the rain. Unless she receives help soon, she will die.

Lupis, Lupus, Jojo and Neng are only 4 of probably hundreds of orangutans now living wretched lives, uprooted from their habitat, caged and without enough food or water and suffering ill treatment.

On paper, the orangutan is one of the most protected species on earth, but the fact is they are far from protected. People in Indonesia still keep them, even though it is illegal. Some zoos also treat them badly. West Kalimantan is hell for orangutans.

COP has been working in Kalimantan since mid-2007. but the authorities will not grant them permission to free or help these individuals. Only the KSDA (Forest Police) are allowed to confiscate orangutans and they do not have time to help, nor will the rehabilitation centres in Kalimantan accept them (usually lack of space or funds).

Baby Kerrie was rescued in July 2008 from a labourer who had bought her six months previously. They were not bad people just ignorant and had no idea how to look after a baby orangutan. In the six months they had Kerrie they never thought to give her milk!
The KSDA were persuaded to assist in her rescue and were encouraged to hold her and feel proud of their actions, especially as they had never helped before.