Indonesian Government and BOS Foundation to Repatriate Baby Orangutan from Kuwait

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Environment and Forestry,
and
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the BOS Foundation repatriate
a male
baby orangutan from Kuwait to Indonesia. Jakarta, April 17, 2017

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) through its Directorate-General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) via the Indonesian Embassy
in Kuwait in cooperation with the Kuwait Zoo
, together with the BOS Foundation are repatriating a baby
orangutan
that was illegally smuggled into Kuwait.

Local authorities in Kuwait discovered the 2-year-old male orangutan, named Taymur, when he was spotted
being driven around in a car by a Kuwait national
. The Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait quickly responded to
reports
by coordinating with the Kemlu and the KLHK, which then contacted the BOS Foundation to assist
with
repatriating Taymur to Indonesia.


As an organisation focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orangutans, BOS Foundation has the
experience and expertise to help repatriate smuggled orangutans like Taymur. BOS Foundation was actively
involved in repatriat
ing two other orangutans - Puspa and Moza - from Kuwait in July 2015. These two
orangutans, a
nd other orangutans repatriated from Thailand were victims of the illegal pet trade.

To ensure Taymur’s safety and welfare during the trip, and following a specially designed Standard Operating
Proceedure (SOP),
BOS Foundation flew one of its most experienced veterinarians to Kuwait to accompany
Taymur. The flight carrying Taymur left Kuwait for Jakarta, with a stopover in Amsterdam making the total
trip
a little over 30 hours in duration.

PIC of the Directorate-General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of
Environment and Forestry, Dr. Ir. Bambang Hendroyono, MM said, “The Indonesian government collect
s data
on wild orangutans illegally smuggled abroad and we will
use any means possible to return them safely to
Indonesia. According to international law, smuggled wild animals
, especially those that are protected, like
orangutans, must be brought back to their home countries. Then, when the time is right, they should be
released back to the wild. This is why we involved the BOS Foundation, with its vast experience in orangutan
rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction, to assist
in the process of repatriating Taymur. We hope Taymur will
someday be released
to the forest.”

BOS Foundation CEO Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite said, “The Director-General of the KSDAE invited BOS Foundation
to participate in
helping repatriate Taymur from Kuwait. This has happened before, in the same country. This
has got to stop
, now. We should be able to detect and thwart attempts to smuggle baby orangutans, which
are similar in size to a human baby. We fight against the illegal drug trade; why are we not fighting as hard
against
the illegal animal trade? We want to push for tighter surveillance of goods leaving the country. We are
more than happy to help the government in
its effort to return smuggled orangutans, but we must work
harder to
stop the continued and cruel illegal animal trade. The government needs to appoint more dedicated
and professional customs officers at international gate
ways; airports and seaports. Law enforcement against
violators
needs to be stricter. We cannot underestimate the degree of damage this trade causes to nature.
Nor can we ignore
the financial costs involved in repatriation. And every time we manage to return an
orangutan,
we are still left with unanswered questions, like;Have the perpetrators been brought to justice?’
Th
is is something we all have to work on as a matter of urgency.”

The illegal wildlife trade is a serious threat to orangutan survival after habitat destruction and hunting and
comprises the world’s fourth
-largest crime sector, after the drug trade, counterfeiting and human trafficking
(Global Risk Insights, 2017). Therefore,
serious commitment and tangible action from those in authority is
urgently needed
to find a long-term solution to prohibit and prevent wildlife crime, and counter corruption
linked to
it. All stakeholders, including members of the public, must play their part. Orangutans need our
help!


BOS Foundation has declared 2017 the year of #OrangutanFreedom and is honoured to help Taymur gain his
freedom
. Orangutans are not meant to live in cages, nor endure a life in captivity: Orangutans should be living
wild and free in their natural habitat, the forest.

BOS Foundation expects commitment and real action from all stakeholders to help protect orangutans. The
orangutan is a
n icon of Indonesia’s wildlife and a protected umbrella species that plays an instrumental role in
forest regeneration. It is time for everyone to p
lace more focus on orangutan survival and habitat
conservation.
Protecting our forests not only helps save orangutans from extinction, but also protects the
vitally
important ecosystems that provide us all with a better quality of life.