Orangutans are Indonesia’s iconic primate and are the largest primate species in Asia. There are three sub-species of orangutans, namely Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus), Sumatran Orangutan (P.pygmaeus abelii) and Tapanuli Orangutan (P. pygmaeus tapanuliensis). The status of the population of the three orangutan sub-species however continues to decline. Based on data from the IUCN Red-List, Orangutans fall into the critically endangered category. They face extinction in the wild if there is no concerted effort to save this animal.
Their population has decreased due to habitat destruction and poaching. Many orangutan mothers are hunted to get their babies to be traded as pets.
There was a case recently in Bali of a failed smuggling attempt involving a baby orangutan that shocked the world. On Friday, March 22, 2019, a two-year-old baby orangutan was intercepted at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The alertness and action of airport officials and the BKSDA helped foil the smuggling effort.
Bali Safari Park as a conservation institution has a high commitment to animal conservation. While waiting for the investigation and the judicial process to be completed, the BKSDA placed the orangutan named Bonbon at Bali Safari Park for our expert care.
At the World Orangutan Day on Monday, August 19, 2019, Bali Safari invites visitors to see Bonbon activities at the playground. Visitor enjoyed watching him playing. They were obviously captivated by Bonbon and we hope this will raise awareness: in park visitors about the importance of preservation and conservation of Orangutans.
With a variety of activities on World Orangutan Day, we hope to raise the awareness of the world community about the environment, especially the tropical forest ecosystem which is the habitat of orangutan.