Soon the Baktikop forest will have few more inhabitants. According to Willie Smith, founder of BOS (Borneo Orangutan Survival) Foundation (as reported in ANTARA News), the Forestry Ministry will allow for about 200 orangutans to be released to the protected Baktikop forest in early 2007.

The Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Center in Central Kalimantan has been caring for these orangutans since they were seized in Semarang, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Sukabumi, where many were exploited for entertainment. The success of nursing the orangutans back from poor health and releasing them will open up much needed space at Nyaru Menteng for those in need.

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