The plight of the orangutan in Indonesia has reached a critical stage, with the survival of the species under serious threat. Animals are suffering and dying because of the systematic destruction of the rainforest, primarily for palm oil production, particularly in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.
What We Do
International Animal Rescue’s team is working in West Kalimantan to rescue and care for baby orangutans that have been taken from their mothers to be illegally sold as pets and adults that have spent their entire lives in captivity, chained up or imprisoned in tiny cages. Our human-orangutan conflict (HOC) team also comes to the aid of orangutans left stranded when their forest home is destroyed and translocates these vulnerable animals to safe areas of protected forest. When we first started the project in 2009 we used a small transit centre in Ketapang as a temporary rescue facility. However it wasn’t long before the centre was overflowing with orangutans and there was an urgent need for something larger and better equipped.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to buy 24 hectares of land in Sungai Awan and at the beginning of 2012 we started building a permanent Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. We have since raised sufficient funds to purchase a further 42 hectares and expand the original site. Here the rescued orangutans are prepared for release back into protected areas of forest. Any animals that can no longer survive in the wild will be given a permanent home at the centre.
The project is an ambitious one but we are committed to rescuing and rehabilitating as many orangutans as we can and giving them a second chance to live safely in their natural environment.
Karmele Llano Sanchez
Karmele is from Spain. As well as being an accomplished vet with years of experience treating and caring for primates, Karmele is programme director of our projects in Indonesia. Her dedication and skill never cease to amaze us.
Christine is a talented vet who has been with our team in Indonesia since 2012. She's from Wisconsin and we're privileged to have her considerable talents and calm, soothing presence at our disposal when dealing with traumatised sick or injured orangutans.
Argitoe is our very own Action Man out in the field. He is a dab hand with a dart gun and some of our most iconic photos show Argitoe doing what he does best - rescuing orangutans from danger.
Lisa is our star volunteer! Hailing from Bath, she sold her business in order to spend seven months of the year working at our orangutan rescue centre, turning her hand to all sorts of tasks. Building, digging, creating enrichment - she does it all! She's also responsible for a lot of the photos we share with you, our supporters.
Gail is the programme manager, and looks after the day to day running of the project, managing the field operations as well as the outreach programme to local communities – a vital part of orangutan conservation.
There are many, many more members of the team. Vets, volunteers and babysitters, many of them local Indonesians intent on protecting and preserving their native wildlife, all work incredibly hard to ensure the wellbeing of nearly a hundred orangutans in our Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.
Yayasan IAR Indonesia
PO Box 125
Tel: +62 (0) 251 8389232