The Orangutan Centre
In 2013, IAR established the first rescue and rehabilitation centre for orangutans in the province of West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). The centre is in the village of Sungai Awan (often abbreviated to Sei Awan), about a 30 minute drive from the town of Ketapang.
The site was selected because of its rural location, and because it is not too far from Ketapang, where our previous transit centre was based, and the town where most of our staff live. The goal of our centre was always to provide as natural an experience for the orangutans as possible. The land our centre was built on contained a large expanse of secondary forest and peat swamp forest, which we felt was appropriate for forest schools for the younger orangutans, and islands for the older orangutans in the pre-release stage of rehabilitation.
Since first moving into the centre we have been able to acquire more land surrounding it, and the site now covers 150 hectares. The facility houses all our rescued orangutans, and is also where we have our office, as well as being the base from which we run our conservation programmes. Near to the office, at the front of the land, is a guesthouse for visiting researchers and volunteers. As you move further towards the back of the site, away from the visitor area, you reach our clinic. Thanks to kind donations from members of the public and private companies, we have one of the most well- equipped clinics in Indonesia. Adjacent to the clinic is our quarantine area, and then the cages. As you move further north on the land, you reach our forest schools and the islands. We currently have four islands, on which orangutans in the final stages of rehabilitation are living.