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Nyaru Mentang Care Centre The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project is situated 28km outside of Palangka Raya, the capital of Central Kalimantan. It is located within the boundaries of the Nyaru Menteng Arboretum, a 62.5 ha lowland peat-swamp forest ecosystem, founded in 1988 by the Ministry of Forestry Regional office of Central Kalimantan. The project aims to rescue orangutans that have been displaced from their habitat or held in captivity as illegal pets, and through quarantine and half-way housing release them back into their natural environment. Batu Mbelin Care Centre The Quarantine Centre of SOCP is called Batu Mbelin. It is located near the small village of Sembahe in North Sumatra. Because of its quarantine status, the site is not open to visitors. Most of the staff at the Quarantine centre are from the local villages and the majority of the orangutans’ food stuffs are locally produced fruits and vegetables. The SOCP has managed to foster an excellent ‘community spirit’ and they enjoy a great deal of support from the indigenous Karo Batak people. IAR Orangutan Rescue Centre West Kalimantan International Animal Rescue (IAR) signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) in August 2009 with the Forestry Department in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, agreeing on plans for the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of orangutans that have lost their forest habitat to make way for oil palm plantations. www.orangutan.org.auThe Australian Orangutan Project supports and runs a variety of projects in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. With the valuable help of our supporters we make a real difference where it counts.Here is a summary of some of those projects – you can find much more in-depth information about our work on our website. Read more at: www.orangutan.org.au Australian Lifestyle Magazine