After posting a picture of baby orangutan for sale on social media, man arrested for his act.
Baby orangutan for sale in Facebook captures many attention and criticism. Orangutan being one of endangered species in the world, prohibited from being captured and sold. A man was arrested in Indonesia’s Aceh province, after posting on social media his intention to sell tree baby orangutans. He was then considered as wildlife trafficker.
A 29 year-old student of local state university who tried to sell baby orangutans caught by authorities. If he is found guilty, he will face five years in prison and fine $7,600 for doing such thing. He was arrested when a concern conservationists from Centre for Orangutan Protection had engaged him on the social media platform.
Genman Hasibuan, head of the Aceh branch of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency or BKSDA stated, Aceh’s orangutan population is waning due to hunting and habitat destruction, estimates 6,000 of the great apes remain in the wild and “One orangutan habitat in Aceh is the Leuser Ecosystem.”
The manager of the COP’s wildlife crime unit, Daniek Hendarto said, orangutans are usually bought locally for 1 million rupiah ($74) and then resold in Medan, the capital of neighboring North Sumatra province, for from 5 million to 10 million rupiah. “In Java they can fetch from 40 million to 100 million rupiah.” , “If they’re sold outside the country, like in Singapore or Malaysia, they can go for 400 million rupiah.”
It has been unsafe for many wildlife animals especially orangutans in Indonesian forest, being site of illicit trafficking and deforestation, species are in danger. The man arrested only shows efforts of Indonesian government and the Wildlife Conservation Society, aiming to protect animals as well as to end illicit trafficking.
The baby orangutan, attempt to sell on Facebook between 6 and 12 months old, and is allegedly worth $1,300 on the local market. Aside from the baby orangutan for sale posted on social media, it was found out that the man has also selling other animals including hornbill beaks, tiger skins, and tiger fangs.
Orangutans now found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They are exclusively Asian species of extant great apes, most arboreal of the great apes and spend time in trees. They have a typical hair, reddish-brown, and can live over 30 years in both the wild and captivity. Orangutans belong to most intelligent primates, knowing they can construct and uses many advanced tools.
They have been endangered, threats to wild orangutan include illegal trading, poaching and habitat destruction. In other communities, they hunted orangutans for food and used as decoration, others placed taboos on such practices. Some traditional folk beliefs consider it bad luck to look in the face of an orangutan, central Borneo. In order to prevent loosing this creatures, several conservation and rehabilitation organisations been created. This people are dedicated to the survival of orangutans in the wild. Conservation organisations like Orangutan Land Trust, are working with the palm oil industry, aiming to offer and improve sustainability as well as encourages some industry to establish conservation areas for endangered species like orangutans. IMAGE/Sumatran Orangutan Society