My holy offspring

1858 • • • 2004 • • • 2018

In August 2004, orangutan lady Santi brought her newborn daughter to the FZS orangutan reintroduction station in the Indonesian jungle. Just a year earlier, Santi was one of the first orangutans to be released by us. This made her daughter the first orangutan baby born in the wild in our project area!

We were so proud of the offspring born in freedom that we named the little girl Suci - meaning 'holy' in Indonesian.

Dr. Peter Pratje has led our conservation program and the Sumatran Jungle School for orangutans since 1998. In the meantime, more than 180 orangutans have been released into the wild through our conservation project.

The orangutan that survived a bullet storm

1858 • • • 2006 • • • 2018

It was November 2006 when we got the bad news: Leuser, a young orangutan male, was critically injured. Farmers had almost perforated him with bullets about 40 kilometres outside Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra. I immediately dispatched a team, they provided first aid and stabilized Leuser, and eventually they brought him to Jambi. Although most of the bullets could be removed during an operation lasting several hours, poor Leuser was irreversibly blinded by the attack. We had released him only two years earlier in Bukit Tigapuluh. He needed only very little training and was coping extraordinarily well on his own, but now he will have to stay in human care. We filed criminal charges and in April 2007 six people were found guilt.

Dr Peter Pratje heads our Sumatra Conservation Programme. Since 1998, his team reintroduced about 180 orangutans into the wild.