Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Pinky the orphan orangutan, was released back into the wild this month after being cared for in the Batu Mbelin Care Centre, near Medan in North Sumatra.

Pinky was part of The Orangutan Project’s Adoption Program (and adopted by over 165 Australians) was deemed suitable to be released back into his natural habitat after being rehabilitated for four years, to begin his new life as a wild orangutan.

Pinky is a popular, dominant male orangutan, but with all the necessary independence to take care of himself when back in the wild. Although a very sociable, Pinky’s recent independent behaviour in the care of orangutan conservationists has proven that he was ready to return to his natural forest habitat.

Batu Mbelin Care Centre was opened in 2002 and is located in North Sumatra. Its main function is Sumatran Orangutan conservation, and the centre is involved in confiscating illegally kept pet orangutans, surveying and monitoring wild populations, researching wild orangutans, conserving orangutan habitat, and improving education and awareness.

The care centre rehabilitates orangutans that have been injured, mistreated or whose habitats are under severe threat. The centre provides full time care, medical attention, and a safe place for the orangutans before they are ready to be released back into their natural habitat.

As Pinky’s release cage slid open on the day of his release, he tentatively took to his new surroundings. He attempted to swing from a tree, only for the branch to break, sending him crashing to the ground! But by the next day, Pinky was acting like a normal wild orangutan, searching for food and building his night nests.

“It is always a great reward to see our rehabilitated orangutans returning to the forest they belong in. Pinky, who was released with two other orangutans from the Batu Mbelin Care Centre now has the life he deserves, and will join 150 other orangutans released from this centre alone, back into the wild,” says Leif Cocks, President and Founder of The Orangutan Project.

“The reason one adopts an orphan is so that one day they will return to the wild, and I’m thrilled that my adoptive son will be free again, ready to roam the jungle and hopefully find a Mrs Pinky, and one day produce more baby Pinky’s,” said Cornelia Frances, Ambassador of The Orangutan Project and adopter of Pinky.

Pinky now has the freedom to live and interact in a wild forest environment, as every orangutan should have the right to do. The care centre rescued him from a dangerous and cruel life, and nursed him back into a happy, healthy and independent orangutan - ready for a life of freedom.

Further information visit The Orangutan Project website,

For more information, images, or to arrange an interview with Leif Cocks, TOP President, or Cornelia Frances contact:
Brianna Power Affinity Marketing0403 904 912 / [email protected]

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