Res­cu­ing Traf­ficked Apes: An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary Trust In­done­sia Joins Giv­ing Day for Apes 2018

Indonesia Expat - - CONTENT - BY AN­NETTE E. PIPE

An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary Trust In­done­sia (ASTI) is a small non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­at­ing a res­cue cen­tre close to Bo­gor, West Java for traf­ficked an­i­mals be­long­ing to en­dan­gered In­done­sian species. The an­i­mals we take in are re­ha­bil­i­tated for re­lease back to their nat­u­ral habi­tats. Some of you may al­ready know us from hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in one of our ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams (Fol­low-AKeeper or Fol­low-A-Vet), or through our posts on Twit­ter ( https://twit­ter.com/ASTIn­done­sia). At any one time we are tak­ing care of about 80 an­i­mals, up to 20 per­cent of whom are apes (gib­bons, sia­mangs and orang­utans). These apes are all en­dan­gered, los­ing their habi­tat fast due to de­for­esta­tion, and highly vul­ner­a­ble to poach­ing and traf­fick­ing for sale in the il­le­gal pet trade. When res­cued apes ar­rive at ASTI they are of­ten in a trau­ma­tised state as a re­sult of their ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at the hands of the traf­fick­ers. This refers par­tic­u­larly to the ba­bies, most of whom would have been forcibly re­moved from their moth­ers who were al­most cer­tainly killed in the process. And those an­i­mals who have al­ready been kept as pets for some time may be mal­nour­ished from be­ing given in­ap­pro­pri­ate food (such as spicy meat­balls or fried rice) in­stead of their nat­u­ral diet which in­cludes fruits, leaves, flow­ers, seeds, in­sects and birds’ eggs. They may also be weak and un­healthy from be­ing kept in small cages. At ASTI we pro­vide res­cued apes with ini­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to pre­pare them for later re­lo­ca­tion to species-spe­cific re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres op­er­ated by other groups work­ing in the an­i­mals’ home ranges (which may be in Java, Su­ma­tra or Kal­i­man­tan de­pend­ing on the species). This means we take care of them while they re­cover from their trauma, and pre­pare them to travel back to their home ranges for in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion lead­ing to re­lease. So we give them med­i­cal check-ups and treat­ment as nec­es­sary, and nu­tri­tious food re­sem­bling their nat­u­ral di­ets. We also pro­vide them with en­clo­sures large enough to al­low them to move nor­mally, with swings, lad­ders, ropes, ham­mocks, and tree branches to keep them oc­cu­pied. When they are ready to re­turn to their home ranges, we ar­range their jour­neys and make sure they ar­rive safely. In con­nec­tion with our work de­scribed above, ASTI has been in­vited to be part of Giv­ing Day for Apes 2018, a global fundrais­ing ef­fort spon­sored by Ar­cus Foun­da­tion in part­ner­ship with the Global Fed­er­a­tion of An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ar­ies. We’re very ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity to raise funds to help In­done­sian apes. Any­one in­ter­ested in this cause is in­vited to take a look at our page on the giv­ing day plat­form ( hosted by Mighty­cause); the link is pro­vided at the foot of this ar­ti­cle. Fundrais­ing for this ap­peal has al­ready started, and will cul­mi­nate in a 24-hour giv­ing day on Septem­ber 25; we’re do­ing our best to raise as much as we pos­si­bly can be­tween now and then. Please make a do­na­tion or cre­ate your own fundraiser for ASTI. Thank you so much in ad­vance for your sup­port of our work with these en­dan­gered an­i­mals.

To do­nate, kindly visit: https://giv­ing­day­forapes. mighty­cause.com/or­ga­ni­za­tion/Asti

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