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Keywords:

  • captive-bred;
  • orang-utan;
  • release;
  • Sumatra;
  • zoo

Perth Zoo released a sub-adult ♀ Sumatran orang-utan Pongo abelii in November 2006 into the protected Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Jambi, Sumatra, where the Sumatran Orang-utan Conservation Programme (SOCP) is trying to re-establish an orang-utan population. This was the first release of a captive-born orang-utan into the wild. Temara is being closely tracked and monitored by Perth Zoo and SOCP staff. The aim is that she will be followed for at least 2 years. This paper describes: the pre-release preparation, the release process, the benefits of the programme, the monitoring process and the post-release results.