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Health check-up and Quarantine :

Once the orangutan arrive at Sintang Quarantine Center, they will be quarantined for up to 90 days. During that time, our medical team does several medical check up to the orangutan, while also doing sampling with the orangutan to determine their sub-species DNA and to check any diseases within the orangutan. Other then that our medical team also does set the diets for the orangutan according to what the orangutan actually eat

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Behavioral and health rehabilitation activities :

After the quarantine is done, the orangutan is allowed to join the rest of the orangutans in forest school to undergo behavioral rehabilitation. In forest school the orangutan going to learn various things with their group, such as learn to find the foods, learn how to make nest, learn locomotions, and a lot other more. They will be in the forest school for up to a week, and after that the other group will replace them in the forest school.

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Jerora 2 Forest School :

We work closely with the Forestry Police of West Kalimantan to spread awareness and collect information about orangutans. We rescue and care for more than 50 orangutans since 2010. Most of them are safely returned to the wild.  Orangutans are rescued from illegal wildlife traders or people who kept them as pets.

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Tembak Forest Scool :

We work closely with the Forestry Police of West Kalimantan to spread awareness and collect information about orangutans. We rescue and care for more than 50 orangutans since 2010. Most of them are safely returned to the wild. Orangutans are rescued from illegal wildlife traders or people who kept them as pets.

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A forest school consists of 'Forest Enclosures', which is an area of pristine indigenous forest of around 2 Hectares each, surrounded by an electric fence, where the orangutans can practice all their forest survival skills. The electric fence ensures SOC staff can monitor and guide the orangutans continuously. and is used to prevent them from going out of the forest school area. The voltage of the electric wires will give a shock when touched, however, it is not harmful to their health and will not cause injuries.

The ideal location for a forest enclosure is a natural forest with vegetation similar to their real 'home' – the forest. Forest school is the last step in the rehabilitation process before release. Why is forest school needed? The orangutans need to go to Forest School during the rehabilitation process to gradually become familiar with the natural forest environment and be able to truly master all skills that are needed to survive in the wild.

Skills that the orangutans need to learn during forest school include finding their own food, moving from tree to tree, and making nests. This is carried out under the supervision and guidance of specialized SOC staff that are dedicated to providing the orangutans with the best possible care and support during their rehabilitation process. The caretakers join the orangutans to forest school on a daily basis and stimulate the orangutans to develop their forest skills by climbing in the trees with the babies, or puts food in the trees to motive them to climb. In addition, they collect data about the behavior of the orangutans which is then analyzed by our behavioral scientists and biologist to analyze their readiness for release or continue further rehabilitation approaches.

The best way in which to optimize orangutans forest skills is to have a real forest to practice in. Learning how to find their own edible sources and how to collect food such as honey from a beehive without getting stung. They need to learn how to make nests in different kinds of trees, while taking into consideration various weather conditions, and estimate the strength of branches and distance when climbing through treetops. These are all skills that are difficult to acquire without practice in a forest and a regular enclosure is not sufficient to prepare the orangutans for release.

Aside from the aforementioned importance for survival, being in the forest school also reduces the stress and depression of orangutans compared to conventional enclosures. Furthermore, the forest school enables reduced human contact of caretakers.