Toward the new normal: Orangutans in Central Kalimantan still threatened as in the Old Normal

Covid-19 pandemics has already affected the livelihood of human being. People are forced to adapt with new habits and new life order to stay productive and safe during the pandemic, from physical distancing, handwashing, wearing mask, to mobility and transport restrictions. This lifestyle changes due to covid-19 prevention is called New Normal.
However, does orangutans and other wildlife get any life changes in their habitat in this new era?

On July 11, 2020, the BKSDA of Central Kalimantan along with OFI rescued and translocated one wild orangutan in a palm oil plantation at Seruyan regency, Central Kalimantan. On the video uploaded by the Central Kalimantan BKSDA on social media, Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) of BKSDA – Central Kalimantan and Orangutan Rescue Unit of OFI were seen to be wearing complete personal protective equipments while rescuing the male orangutans which aged approximately 8 years old.

Previously, the BKSDA of Central Kalimantan had handled a case of orangutan torture in a palm oil plantation in Seruyan Regency on November 30, 2019. The orangutan was found covered in wounds and 4 air riffle bullets were lodged in its body. And in early 2020, BKSDA of Central Kalimantan also rescued and traslocated two male orangutans from two different places in West Kotawaringin regency.

Threats to orangutans continue to occure, despite pandemic or new normal. “Pandemic makes us evaluate the current conditions. Meanwhile, the new normal should encourage better environmental sustainability by protecting orangutan habitat from all threats.” said Sari Fitriani, manager of COP Orangutan Habitat Protection Program. (SAR)

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