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Orangutan Named ‘Boncel’ Is Rescued & Translocated For A Second Time Due To Loss Of Habitat In Indonesia

An adult male orangutan, that was given the name Boncel, was recently rescued for a second time in West Kalimantan Province (Indonesian, Borneo).

The Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Kalbar) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) teamed up to help capture Boncel after he wandered into a village. He was then taken by the rescue team to a more remote part of the forest to ensure that he doesn’t return to the village.

The threat to the survival of orangutan species has increased due to the widespread fires that destroyed vast swathes of their rainforest habitat in the Ketapang area in 2019.

The devastation and deforestation of the land led to many orangutans being left without food and shelter. Orangutans were driven out of their natural habitat after the forest was destroyed and strayed into local villages in search of food, bringing them into contact with local people which resulted in conflict that risked harming both the orangutans and the villagers.

The Head of BKSDA Kalbar, Sadtata Noor Adirahmanta, expressed his appreciation for the quick response to this situation. “The repeated translocation of this orangutan shows that efforts to preserve wild endangered species require the cooperation of all parties. The community can support these efforts by themselves by working to repair wildlife habitats and prevent further damage to them.”

Boncel had been translocated from land belonging to residents in the village of Sungai Besar, to the surrounding forest, in mid-August of last year. The translocation was done in order to mitigate conflict with local villagers and take the orangutan back safely to the forest.

Although these translocations save the lives of individual orangutans, these actions are only a temporary solution.

This was proved in early November 2020, when IAR’s Orangutan Protection Unit (OPU) patrol team received information regarding Boncel entering Sungai Pelang Village.

The team immediately set off to verify the report and on November 11, 2020, they discovered one individual male orangutan eating the villagers’ pineapple plants. After observation and identification, they were able to confirm that this was in fact Boncel, who had previously been rescued from the village of Sungai Besar, and translocated by a team from the WRU of BKSDA Kalbar and IAR Indonesia on August 18th.

Consequently, the BKSDA’s WRU team and IAR Indonesia translocated Boncel for a second time. The operation, which took more than seven hours, went smoothly. IAR’s veterinarian examined Boncel’s condition and stated that the orangutan, who is estimated to be around 30-40 years old, is in good health and was fit to be translocated immediately.

You can help to save the last orangutans in Indonesia by looking on the back of products and packaged foods at the grocery store and commit to not purchasing anything containing Palm Oil or non-recycled paper products. #PalmsOffPalmOil 

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Michigan Hunter Kurt Johnston Duncan Receives Jail Time & Is Banned From Hunting For Life After Poaching 18 Gray Wolves & Several Bald Eagles

A Michigan hunter named Kurt Johnston Duncan was sentenced Tuesday under a plea deal after being accused of poaching numerous species, including 18 gray wolves over the past 18 months.

Wolves are protected in Michigan and are on the federal endangered species list, they are off limits to hunters.

56-year-old Duncan pleaded guilty in September to seven poaching crimes following an investigation by Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.

Chippewa County District Court Judge Eric Blubaugh sentenced Duncan to pay a total of $36,240; $27,000 as reimbursement for the animals illegally taken and $9,240 in court fees and costs. Duncan also received 90 days of jail time; 30 of which will be held in aside should he violate probation which will last between 18 and 24 months.

Perhaps most importantly, Duncan was penalized with a lifetime revocation of all hunting and trapping licenses in Michigan; including that he may not assist anyone else in any hunting or trapping activities. Duncan is not allowed to hunt in 48 states that are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

“This is a historical case for the division and department,” Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division, said in a statement. “We hope this poaching case acts as a deterrent to criminals for committing future wildlife crimes such as this. Our officers did an excellent job working as a team and building this investigation so it could move quickly through the criminal justice system.”

The Michigan DNR’s months-long investigation of Duncan identified 125 wildlife misdemeanor crimes.

Species involved in the charges also include: deer, turkey, bear, and bobcat. DNR law enforcement detectives said that Duncan was using the animals for a variety of reasons including crafts and selling or disposing of them. They also stated that he was catching the animals because he could and “likes to do it.” That is sick.

On September 24th, Duncan accepted a plea deal by Chippewa County Prosecutor Robert Stratton. Duncan pleaded guilty to three counts of the illegal take and possession of wolves, three counts of the illegal take and possession of bald eagles, and one count of illegal commercialization of a wolf which, as noted above, is a protected species in Michigan.

Conservation officers in Michigan are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety, and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and life-saving  operations in the communities they serve.

Anyone witnessing a natural resources crime or has information about such a crime is encouraged to call or text the DNR’s Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800.

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Chris Hemsworth & Wife Elsa Pataky Help Release Tasmanian Devils Back To Mainland Australia For The First Time In 3,000 Years

Photos By: WildArk

For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian devil is back in the wild on mainland Australia, a historic moment that is critical to rewild the country with the world’s highest mammal extinction rate. Aussie Ark, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk, recently released 11 Tasmanian devils onto a 400-hectare (nearly 1,000 acre) wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops. Actors Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth, friends of WildArk, helped release some of the wildlife into their new home.

“In 100 years, we are going to be looking back at this day as the day that set in motion the ecological restoration of an entire country,” said Tim Faulkner, President of Aussie Ark, which has been working with Tasmanian devils for more than 10 years with the goal of someday returning them to the wild.

Photo by: WildArk

“Not only is this the reintroduction of one of Australia’s beloved animals, but of an animal that will engineer the entire environment around it, restoring and rebalancing our forest ecology after centuries of devastation from introduced foxes and cats and other invasive predators,” continued Faulkner in a statement. “Because of this reintroduction and all of the hard work leading up to it, someday we will see Tasmanian devils living throughout the great eastern forests as they did 3,000 years ago.”

Tasmanian devils vanished entirely from mainland Australia in large part because they were outcompeted by introduced dingoes, which hunt in packs. Dingoes never made it to Tasmania, but across the island state, a transmissible, painful, and fatal disease called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD)—the only known contagious cancer—decimated up to 90% of the wild population of Tasmanian devils. Only 25,000 Tasmanian devils are remaining in the wild today.

Photo by: Aussie Ark

For the last decade, the Aussie Ark team has been building a population of Tasmanian devils and learning everything they can about the animals, including about their reproductive physiology, behavior, and ecological needs. This all led up to the reintroduction, which took place on September 10th, and followed a successful assisted trial release with 15 Tasmanian devils. Twenty-six total now call the wild of mainland Australia home.

Aussie Ark’s Tasmanian devil breeding program is the most successful for endangered species on mainland Australia. Aussie Ark founded the breeding program in 2011 with 44 individuals. Today, it’s home to more than 200, which is about 50% of the entire captive population spread across mainland Australia. Over the years, more than 390 Tasmanian devils have been born and raised at Aussie Ark in a way that encourages and fosters their natural behaviors, helping ensure that they maintain all the skills they need to survive in the wild.

Photo by: Aussie Ark

“Without Aussie Ark’s incredible work and perseverance over all of these years, the recent reintroduction would not have been possible and instead of looking forward to the recovery of the species, we would be watching the Tasmanian devil slip into extinction,” said Don Church, President of Global Wildlife Conservation. “This is an incredible example of how to rewild our planet, bringing back the natural systems to the benefit of all life on Earth.”

The Tasmanian devil is one of seven cornerstone species critical to Australia’s ecosystem, including: the Eastern quoll, Brush-tail rock wallabies, Rufous bettong, long-nosed potoroo, parma wallabies, and southern brown bandicoots, all chosen to help restore Australia’s natural balance.

Photo by: Aussie Ark

This is the first of three planned reintroductions. In the next two years, Aussie Ark will do two additional releases of 20 Tasmanian devils each. The animals will be monitored through regular surveys, radio collars fit with transmitters, and camera traps. This will give the researchers the opportunity to learn about how the Tasmanian devils are faring, where they are claiming territory, what challenges they are facing, what they are eating, and if they are reproducing. All of this information will help to inform future releases, including in Tasmania and elsewhere on the mainland, to continually refine the process.

Photo by: Aussie Ark

“The fires earlier this year were absolutely devastating and threatened to rob us of our hope,” stated Faulkner, referring to the devastating fires across Australia’s eastern seaboard earlier this year that burned more than 72,000 square miles of forest and claimed the lives of at least 34 people and nearly 3 billion animals.

“This is our response to that threat of despair: come what may, ultimately, we will not be deterred in our efforts to put an end to extinction and to rewild Australia,” continued Faulkner.

In addition, Global Wildlife Conservation, Aussie Ark, and WildArk are calling on kids ages 5-10 years old around the world to submit digital postcards to any of four of the featured Tasmanian devils released into the wild. Kids interested in sending a digital postcard can write to Lisa, Lenny, Skittles, or Jacksen. Thirty of the most creative postcards will be chosen to be published in an e-book. Learn more HERE!

Aussie Ark’s partners include: Global Wildlife Conservation, WildArk, Glencore, Australian Geographic, Australian Reptile Park, WIRES, and FAME.

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Trump Administration Shockingly Opens 1.6 Million Acres Of Arctic Refuge To Oil Drilling For The First Time

This week, the Trump administration released a Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program Record of Decision finalizing plans for oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, opening up the 1.6 million acre coastal plain of the public-lands area to fossil fuel development for the first time.

“The Trump administration never stops pushing to drill in the Arctic Refuge—and we will never stop suing them. America has safeguarded the refuge for decades, and we will not allow the administration to strip that protection away now.

“This is an egregious intrusion into the sacred lands of the Gwich’in and other Indigenous People. It threatens the heart of the largest pristine wildland left in America—the birthing grounds and nursery for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and home to polar bears, musk oxen, migratory birds and other precious wildlife.

“The administration’s reckless, relentless boosting of the oil industry will irrevocably damage this cherished place and compound the global climate crisis. We will not let it stand,” said Gina McCarthy, President of NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council).

The Trump administration rushed out an environmental impact statement last September for the Arctic Refuge after Republican leaders in Congress slipped a provision directing Arctic Refuge leasing into the 2017 tax bill.

“President Trump’s decision runs roughshod over laws designed to protect wildlife like polar bears and caribou, which have used the coastal plain since time immemorial as a refuge to give birth to their young every year,” said Earthjustice Deputy Managing Attorney Erik Grafe. “The administration’s plan to ruin this place for short-term private oil profit is unlawful, and we will soon see them in court. The sacred, wild, and irreplaceable Arctic Refuge is the last place we should be surrendering to dead-end oil development that will only worsen the climate crisis.”

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