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Stories of Jodet the Sumatran Orangutan, Back Home

Jodet, a Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii), has been cared for at the Jogja Wildlife Rescue Center (Yogyakarta Nature Conservation Foundation) since March 1, 2022. This animal was entrusted to the East Kalimantan BKSDA after the confiscation of an unlicensed animal park on East Java Island. The team of doctors from WRC Jogja followed the orangutan evacuation process, which coincided with the evacuation of a Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) from the same place and was also entrusted to WRC Jogja. Jodet came in with malnutrition. It lived in a cramped, poorly lit cage for years. The team of doctors was worried about his condition because, with the size of the cage, Jodet could not move freely like other orangutans, and his growth could be disrupted.

At WRC Jogja, this orangutan received several medical examinations, such as Tuberculosis, Hbs Ag, Rabies, Sars Cov-19, and several other series of tests, assisted by a team of doctors from GLZoo and COP. During the six months he was treated at WRC Jogja, Jodet showed very encouraging progress. He was declared healthy by the WRC Jogja team of doctors and ready to be translocated to Sumatra.

Initially, this orangutan was reported as a Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). However, by looking at its physical appearance, which is quite different from other Kalimantan species, the WRC Jogja medical team conducted genetic tests before the translocation process was carried out to ensure the original genetics of this animal. The test results showed that this animal came from Sumatra (Pongo abelii). From the initial plan to be taken to Kalimantan, it was finally decided to move the destination to Sumatra, where he came from.

On August 25, 2022, assisted by the Garuda Indonesia Cargo Airline, Jodet was handed over to the North Sumatra BBKSDA by the East Kalimantan BKSDA, which at that time was in charge of the orangutan translocation process. The North Sumatra BBKSDA then entrusted this juvenile orangutan to the Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation (YEL) in Batu Mbelin, Deli Serdang, North Sumatra. Before being released, Jodet will be taught to survive in nature by attending a forest school. Hopefully, he can soon be released into his habitat.

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Tojeiro volunteered at WRC in 2018 and instantly fell in love. He decided to leave his job in the Netherlands to work alongside our keepers, managing projects and making sure all the animals get the best care possible. During the relocation period, Tojeiro studied animal health management to increase his capacity in the field of animal welfare.