England: British Charity Saves The Life Of Baby Orangutan Left For Dead In Borneo.




British charity saves the life of tiny orangutan left for dead in Borneo.

All photos – Standard and IAR.

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A British animal charity has stepped in to help save the life of a baby orangutan who was left out in the sun to die in Borneo.

The baby ape was so lifeless when a team from East Sussex-based International Animal Rescue (IAR) reached him that at first they thought he was dead.

The tiny creature had been dumped and left for dead in a filthy urine-soaked cardboard box.

Lying with his arms folded across his chest, his grey flaking skin and lack of hair made him look corpse-like and “almost mummified”.

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IAR officials said the baby, who they named Gito, was found in the village of Hamlet Giet in Simpang Hulu district, 105 miles from their orangutan rehabilitation base in West Borneo.

The baby oranguatan, who was dehydrated and malnourished after being fed entirely on condensed milk, was taken to the IAR clinic by motorbike in an arduous nine-hour journey.

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IAR chief executive Alan Knight said: “It’s hard to stomach the shocking state Gito was in when we rescued him.

“Our team has seen a significant increase in the number of baby orangutans being kept as pets and some of them have only recently been taken from the wild.

“This is the result of the forest fires devastating Indonesia and leaving wild orangutans without food or shelter. Those that escape being burnt alive are left exposed and vulnerable, under threat of starving to death or being killed or captured by human beings.”

During a medical check, Gito was feverish, with stiff hands and feet.

He was found to be suffering from diarrhoea and from sarcoptic mange – a highly-contagious skin disease.

To help relieve him, coconut oil was massaged into Gito’s body to soothe and soften his itchy skin, and he was placed on a drip to help rehydrate him.

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Mr Knight added: “Gito is in safe hands now and receiving expert treatment and care at our centre in Ketapang. But tragically there are many more like him in desperate need of our help.”

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Forest fires in Ketapang Regency have triggered a rise in the number of orangutans being captured, and an urgent need for funding to help continue the IAR’s work, Mr Knight said.

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Can You Help Identify The Elephant Killing German ?

German elephant hunter

SAV Comment – It is essential that we support our conservation group friends and find out who this person is.  We especially call on our German friends to help us with his identification.

Note that if you click on the photo you will then be allowed to enlarge it – this may further aid in identification.  Thanks.



A German Hunter Killed One of Africa’s Biggest Elephants

Conservation groups in Zimbabwe aim to find the identity of the hunter to give him the ‘Cecil the lion’ treatment.

A German trophy hunter reportedly shot and killed one of the largest elephants recorded in nearly 30 years, and now a Zimbabwean conservation group wants to make him infamous, like the killer of Cecil the lion.

The 40- to 60-year-old elephant was shot just outside Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and had tusks weighing more than 100 pounds each, Zimbabwe Conservation T

ask Force chairperson Johnny Rodrigues said in a statement.

“His tusks were so big that they dragged along the ground when he was walking,” Rodrigues said. This elephant was unknown to wildlife rangers at the park and might have wandered across the border from South Africa into Zimbabwe, where the unidentified hunter shot and killed it.

According to The Telegraph, the hunting organization that led the guided hunt has refused to name the hunter, who paid $61,000 to participate in a 21-day excursion that ended Oct. 8 with one dead elephant. But Rodrigues said the conservation group is going to find out the hunter’s identity.

“The authorities and the hunters’ association are trying to protect him, but we’ve got his photograph,” Rodrigues told The Guardian. “We will identify him, and when we do we’ll leave the public to do what they did to Walter Palmer. People like that deserve it.”

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The hunter reportedly had the correct permits for hunting on the land, so no illegal activity occurred. But conservationists say the animal’s size made it one of a kind—an animal like that should have been preserved for others to see in the wild, according to Anthony Kaschula, a safari firm operator in Zimbabwe.

“We have no control over poaching but we do have control over hunting policy that should acknowledge that animals such as this one are of far more value alive (to both hunters and non-hunters) than dead,” Kaschula wrote on Facebook. “Individual elephants such as these should be accorded their true value as a National Heritage and should be off limits to hunting. In this case, we have collectively failed to ensure that legislation is not in place to help safeguard such magnificent animals.”

While this elephant might have been killed legally, Zimbabwe national park officials are dealing with a recent rise in elephant poaching incidents, finding 26 more dead elephants this week due to cyanide poisoning—on top of the 14 found poisoned just last week.

As many as 100 elephants are killed each day at the hands of poachers to profit from ivory demand in places such as China, Vietnam, and the United States.

If those numbers continue, African elephants could be extinct within 20 years, according to animal rights advocates.


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