Jakarta. Officials evacuated the three remaining orangutans from a Solo zoo following the death of two others over the past two months.
“We are looking for an alternative site that is appropriate for orangutans, possibly Wonogiri conservation site, Sidomuncul agro-tourism site, or Mangkang zoo in Semarang,” Johan Setiawan, the head of Surakarta (Solo) Natural Resource Conservation Agency, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.
Previously it was reported that two orangutans in Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java were found dead on May 28 and June 11. Febi, a 9-year-old-female orangutan, died of dysentery while Kirno, an 11-year-old male, died of a liver infection.
Johan said the agency decided to evacuate the remaining orangutans in the zoo to another conservation site to prevent disease from spreading to other animals in the zoo.
Johan said that all orangutans in Jurug zoo were under his agency’s tight supervision. He said the agency would remain cautious until researchers concluded their study about the orangutans’ living conditions in Jurug zoo.
The state-owned zoo, which houses 30 other rare species, has seen nearly half its specimens die, including eagles, peacocks, hornbills, pythons, deer, camels, lions and orangutans.
“We found that the zoo management did a good job in taking care of the animals — the deaths were mostly caused by poor cages which are too small or too narrow,” Johan said.
Jurug zoo operational director Windu Winarso says that many of the animals’ cages are in poor condition and require major renovation, for which the zoo lacks funds.
Investors from elsewhere in Java, such as Jakarta’s Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Bogor’s Safari Park, and the East Java Park, have expressed their interest in assisting.
Johan said the zoo management has coordinated with animal experts from Gadjah Mada University, the Indonesian Zoo Association and veterinary doctors, to conduct a joint investigation into the captive orangutans’ conditions at the Solo zoo. “The investigation is aimed at finding the cause of the diseases that killed Kirno and Febi,” Johan said.