Recently IAR's HOC (Human Orangutan Conflict) team has been extremely busy dealing with the results of the worst forest fires in a generation and once again they have been called out to help a struggling orangutan in need.
IAR's team in Indonesia arrived to find a large male orangutan sheltering under a clump of banana leaves. The surrounding area was totally devastated, none of the trees were a suitable height for an orangutan and the soil was black and ashy. The area was very close to two oil plantations and the orangutan was quite obviously struggling to find adequate food and shelter.
He was taken back to International Animal Rescue's centre in Indonesia and given a thorough medical check. He has fully grown cheek pads and they estimate his age to be over twenty years old.
IAR's team named the orangutan Mata, after the location he was rescued, and he is currently being cared for in the safety of IAR's Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation centre until an appropriate release site is found.