Reports from the ground indicated that Hans, the rescued orangutan was skinny but this should not surprise anyone. Orangutans trapped in small forested areas in plantations do not have enough food sources to keep healthy.
We need to encourage not just Bumitama but all palm oil plantations to do detailed assessments of High Conservation Value forests they intend to keep. More importantly, to do a complete sweep of those forests to see if endangered wildlife including orangutans or sunbears are present. If they are, then decisions have to be made whether to move them out of the area into better forested areas OR if the decision is to leave them in those forests, then habitat improvements have to be made!
To do nothing is to possibly condemn them to death by starvation or worse, as in this reported case of PT SCC, orangutans were caught in a fire that started in a plantation.
Millions of hectares of plantations are expected to be created in Borneo in the coming months of 2014.
This is why rescue centers continue to see more orangutan orphans being surrendered and why the overall populations of orangutans are falling.
It's time to test a new approach and work with better plantations to save every life we can.