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Published on Dec 13, 2016
The release to freedom of a wild juvenile male orangutan named Lana to the Lesan River Protected Forest took place on December 10, 2016. Lana, whose name means "explorer" in the local dialect, was shown to be independent, skilled at nest building, moving through the forest, and foraging for food thus deemed fit for release. Organized and managed by the Ape Defender team at the “Centre for Orangutan Protection” (COP) with the financial support of “The Orangutan Project” (TOP), “Orangutan Outreach” (OO), and “With Compassion & Soul” (WC&S) and administrative support by various local government agencies and NGOs, this translocation into a 11,342 hectare protected forest was an opportunity to provide this wild five-year old orangutan with a life in the forest. Video edited by G. Shapiro, Orang Utan Republik Foundation/TOP-USA.