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Nature Conservation Agency & PT KAL Return Bornean Gibbon Back to Wild

28 Jan 2020

 

Ketapang – PT Kayung Agro Lestari (KAL), a subsidiary of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) operating in West Kalimantan province, collaborated with the Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Ketapang regency in returning a Bornean agile gibbon (Hylobates Alibarbis) to a conservation area managed by the company.

The female gibbon – locally known as kelempiau or Owa in Indonesian – was handed over to agency’s Region I office in Ketapang by a resident of Bakau village in South Matan Hilir district after being found at a field in the area, said Nurul Shaumi, a forest ranger with the agency.

“The purpose of the release is to allow the gibbon returns to its natural habitat and increase its population and maintain the existing ecosystem,” Nurul said, adding that prior to its release, the gibbon, which had never been kept as a pet, had been thoroughly inspected and declared healthy by a veterinarian from IAR Indonesia Foundation.

The female gibbon was released last Thursday (23/01) at the Tanjung Sekuting High Conservation Value (HCV) area – managed by PT KAL that covers approximately 657 hectares – in a joint operation by both agency personnel and conservation staff from the company.

The size of Tanjung Sekuting – which is substantially larger than the approximately 28 to 45 kilometers area for gibbons to roam – and its operation by KAL made it suitable as a new and safe home for the gibbon, said Nardiyono, ANJ Conservation Manager.

Under the Forestry and Environmental Ministry Law no. 106/2018, gibbons are classified as protected animal species, said Nardiyono, adding that both KAL and the conservation agency office in Ketapang had previously returned another gibbon back into wild in 2018.

PT KAL puts forward commitment to sustainable oil palm plantation through the management and operation of 3,844 hectares of HCV – or approximately 28 percent from its total amount of Hak Guna Usaha (HGU), or rights to cultivate state-owned land – which consists of HCV Tanjung Sekuting covering 657 hectares and HCV Bukit Kiras covering 2,330 hectares, all of which are part of the company’s Plantation Business Permit (IUP).

Assisted by IAR Indonesia Foundation and also the Conservation Agency in Ketapang, KAL had in 2015 released 11 orangutans rescued from forest fires conservation area in its conservation area as a safe home. A joint survey by KAL and IAR Indonesia Foundation in 2019 shows there are approximately 200 orangutans roaming freely in KAL’s HCV area.    

 

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