BOSF Comes to the Res­cue for Rare Al­bino Orangutan in Cen­tral Kal­i­man­tan

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A rare al­bino orangutan re­cently res­cued by en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists is un­der the care of a lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion. The five-year- old fe­male orangutan was held cap­tive by res­i­dents in Cen­tral Kal­i­man­tan, where de­for­esta­tion has de­stroyed the habi­tat of dozens of species.

The white-haired and blueeyed fe­male orangutan is be­ing cared for by a lo­cal an­i­mal pro­tec­tion group and may soon be re­leased back into the wild. The ex­tremely rare an­i­mal is the first to be dis­cov­ered by a lo­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre in 25 years. The Bor­neo Orangutan Sur­vival Foun­da­tion (BOSF) re­vealed on its web­site that it has con­ducted a phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and de­ter­mined the orangutan has al­binism.

"A pre­lim­i­nary phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted by our med­i­cal team has de­ter­mined this is an al­bino orangutan: her hair, eye and skin color is paler than nor­mal and she is also sen­si­tive to light," the foun­da­tion said, as quoted by Thomas Reuters Foun­da­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Nature (IUCN), Bornean orang­utans are iden­ti­fied as “crit­i­cally en­dan­gered” after their pop­u­la­tions de­clined by more than 60 per­cent be­tween 1950 and 2010. The pop­u­la­tion has dropped after il­le­gal hunt­ing and se­vere de­struc­tion of nat­u­ral habi­tats. IUCN has pre­dicted a pos­si­ble fur­ther de­crease be­tween 2010 and 2025.

The orangutan will re­main in the care of BOSF as the foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to as­sess her health and phys­i­cal con­di­tion be­fore tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion in an ef­fort to en­sure her long-term wel­fare.

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