30 Mar '16, 5pm

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This is a common situation throughout Borneo. Orangutans can spend years living in a rescue facility because there are few release sites. That’s due, in part, to a federal directive (Ministerial decree 280 1995) which requires that releases not take place where there is already an existing wild population. Borneo’s orangutans seem able to tolerate more forest disturbance than in Sumatra, and so wherever there is a decent bit of forest, there’s almost always some orangutans using it. That makes it hard to find forests in Borneo that contain zero members of the species. Finding suitable release locations is further hampered by the fact that much forest is already under concession and waiting to be exploited, or too high in altitude and not good habitat. As a result, rescue centers in Borneo receive a lot of homeless orangutans but struggle to get them out to the forests again.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2016/03/leusers-legacy-how-rescu...

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