Gundul Update 19/10/12 – She Has Now Been Rescued.

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Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:12 am (PDT) .

BOS Foundation Assists BKSDA on Gundul’s Case
19, October 2012

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Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, October 19, 2012. On Thursday October 18, 2012,
the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation was requested by the East
Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA) to provide
medical services, health checks and blood sampling at the East Kalimantan
BKSDA Office in Samarinda for one adult female orangutan who had just been
rescued by BKSDA.

Gundul when she first arrived at the office of Conservation and Natural
Resources Authority (BKSDA) in Samarinda, East Kalimantan

The female orangutan named Gundul who we were previously informed to be 21
years old had recently become a hot topic on various channels of
internet-based social media. It was reported that the orangutan was kept in
dreadful condition and chained by her owner near a dumpster in a village in
Samarinda. It was also stated that Gundul suffered from malnutrition because
she was not fed properly and was often seen scavenging the nearby dumpster.

Based on that information, BKSDA followed up by rescuing Gundul and planned
to later submit her to a conservation agency in West Kutai Regency, PT.
Satwa Gunung Bayan Lestari (SGBL). But considering the long trip to West
Kutai that would take around 7-8 hours, BKSDA decided to first transport
Gundul to the office of BKSDA Area II in Tenggarong where she could rest
overnight and her health could be fully assessed.

Transit enclosures at BKSDA Area II Tenggarong Office where Gundul (left)
and Joko (ringt) spent one night last night

This morning, Friday October 19, 2012, the BOS Foundation Medical Team led
by veterinarian Agus Irwanto conducted a thorough medical examination on
Gundul. After she was sedated, vet Irwanto checked her teeth to determine
Gundul’s age. Her upper teeth showed M2 formation, whilst her lower teeth
showed M3 formation. “M2 and M3 refer to the order molar teeth start
growing. M2 formation indicates an age of 7 years and above, and M3
indicates an age of 13 years and above,” explained vet Agus. “So based on
the combination of these two formations, Gundul is estimated to be only
around 12-13 years old.”

Dental check on Gundul to determine her age

Thorough health check results also show that thankfully Gundul is in good
health. She is not malnourished and her hair is also in a good condition.
The BOS Foundation Medical Team did find light traces indicating that she
had been chained. However, she could not have been chained tightly and it
seems that she had only been chained recently, not over a long period of
time. She is emotionally stable, she is not aggressive and does not show
signs of trauma. Although the BOS Foundation do not condone the chaining of
orangutans in any situation, we are relieved that her condition was not as
serious as reported.

Mr. Ahmad Rivai who led the BKSDA Team today confirmed, “When we rescued
Gundul yesterday, we did find her on a long, loose chain which actually
allowed her to run around. In fact, when we arrived at the location, she was
playing in a tree.” This may explain why Gundul showed some signs of stress
when she was transferred into the transit enclosure in Tenggarong, as she is
not used to being in an enclosed space.

Health check on Gundul by BOSF Medical Team

This morning at around 8.30am local time, the BKSDA Team departed for West
Kutai to deliver Gundul to SGBL. The BOS Foundation Medical Team is
requested to accompany the BKSDA Team. Additionally, the BOS Foundation is
also providing transportation and logistics for the orangutan. The BOS
Foundation will equip both the BKSDA Team and SGBL with animal welfare
procedures, especially designed to accommodate orangutan welfare.

Gundul (left) and Joko (right) ready to be delivered to a conservation
organization in West Kutai, PT Satwa Gunung Bayan Lestari

In response to this event, the BOS Foundation CEO, Dr. Jamartin Sihite
commented, “As an organization struggling to rehabilitate orangutans and
return them to their natural habitat, the BOS Foundation has never even
thought of ignoring orangutans who are victimized by human-ape conflicts and
are waiting to be rescued.”

“However,” Dr. Sihite continued, “We must also be honest about our ability
and capacity, which currently are stretched to the maximum in terms of
enclosure availability, human resources, as well as funding and many other
factors. Forcing ourselves to rescue and take in an orangutan when these are
the circumstances will compromise the welfare of the entire orangutan
population currently under our care.”

Two BOS Foundation rehabilitation centers – Samboja Lestari in East
Kalimantan and Nyaru Menteng in Central Kalimantan – currently care for and
rehabilitate a total of 850 orangutans with the final aim to release them in
their natural habitat in a secure forest.

Furthermore, the government of Indonesia has also set a target for
rehabilitation centers in Indonesia to release all of the release-able
orangutans under their care by 2015. A target that appears difficult to
achieve if the number of orangutans victimized by human-ape conflicts
continues and exceeds rehabilitation centers’ ability to accommodate,
rehabilitate and release them.

In addition to delivering Gundul, BKSDA also rescued a healthy young male
orangutan found in Sebulu, named Joko. He is estimated to be around 5-6
years old and together with Gundul will be delivered to SGBL.

It is essential that financial support is now given – please help:

We are putting out a request for Orangutan help by way of the following:

Here is a link to the BOSF home page:

Here is a link to the BOSF donations page:

Alternatively, you could support their release programme. A donation can be made at::

Please give and donate whatever you can to help with rescue and keep projects.