JoJo is a young female Orangutan we found living in a small wooden box. When we rescued her, she was only two or three years old, was full of parasites and had no proper medical care or an appropriate diet. You can adopt JoJo and provide her with the better life she deserves and support her ultimate return to the wild.
My name is Jojo and I am a female baby Orangutan. When I was two years old, my mother was killed in a palm oil plantation, and I was taken to a village and kept as a pet in a small cage. The people were kind to me, but they gave me chocolate, coffee and rice which was not the right food for me. I lived like this for a year.
Then one day, something amazing happened. Some people came to the village and said to my owner that it was not healthy for me to live like this and I needed proper care and a better diet. They also said the parasites in my belly made me lose my hair and the children in the village were in danger from these parasites. So, my owner agreed they could take me to a better place, a rescue centre in a town called Sintang.
On the long journey to the rescue centre, I was very scared and held tightly onto my rescuer, (Dr Willie Smits). When we arrived, it was dark and I did not want to be left alone so two of the young carers (eco-warriors Ben and Liza) stayed up with me all night to make sure I was alright. I remember falling asleep on the chest of one of the carers feeling very safe and cared for by these young people who had agreed to help me.
WATCH VIDEO OF JOJO AND BEN
The next morning the young carers brought me fruit and honey which reminded me of my time back in the forest with my mother. They gave me medical attention, took some blood samples and I was treated for worms. My new home is a huge enclosure filled with branches, climbing platforms and tyre swings where I can practice my nest building and swinging skills.
April 2014 - moved to Tembak Forest School!
I was among the first group for five rescued orangutans to go back to the forest at the Tembak Orangutan Forest School.
I know I'm learning all the necessary survival skills to be released in the jungle. I really need your help so I can return to the forest where I belong.
Your support will help the qualified and experienced carers give me the support and care I need at the rescue centre and a chance to go to forest school so I can eventually return to my forest home.
Giving up the fight for the Orangutans, people, forests and wildlife of Borneo is just not an option.
What your Adoption will help us to do:
Our priority is to get J the other Orangutans at the Sintang Orangutan Rehabilitation Center out to the nearby village of Tembak to begin the next phase of their rehabilitation as soon as possible.
Working with the people of Tembak, the Eco-Warrriors set up a ‘sleeping cage’ for JoJo and her friends, and raised funds for the construction of a clinic.
This is now complete but needs funding and support to keep it operational to to meet the growing demand for a safe rehabilitation forest.
Adopting Jojo and her companions will ensure their proper care at the Sintang Orangutan Center and their transfer and release to the forest with the vital skills they will need for life in the wild.
Orangutans at the rescue centre need 24 hour supervision by qualified and experienced carers, as well as food and professional veterinary care.
JoJo wants to return to the wild:
Your contribution will support JoJo's ongoing care at the Sintang Orangutan Centre and her transfer and ongoing care at the SOC facility close to the village of Tembak.
There she will attend forest school in preparation for her permanent release into the local mountain rainforest.
The Saran mountain area, one of the future release sites, as seen in the movie RISE OF THE ECO-WARRIORS, is rich in biological and cultural diversity and home to the Dayak indigenous people who live in sustainable harmony with the forest.
Protection, enrichment and re-population of this area with rehabilitated orangutans in cooperation with the local villages is vital for the health of the remaining virgin rainforests in the ‘Heart of Borneo”.
About Sintang Orangutan Centre:
The Sintang Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a wildlife rehabilitation facility located in Sintang with a release site located in the village of Tembak.
It is the only official Orangutan resuce centre in this part of West Borneo and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry.
Please read all about the Sintang Orangutan Rehabilitation Center here.
Read the latest update from the Sintang Orangutan Center here.
How the funds will be used:
Adopt JoJo and donate $15 per month to support her care at the Sintang Orangutan Center
Adopt JoJo and donate $20 per month to support her care at the Sintang Orangutan Center
Adopt JoJo and donate $30 per month to provide for her care at the Sintang Orangutan Center for one month
Adopt JoJo and donate $60 per month to provide care for her and one of her friends at the Sintang Orangutan Center
Adopt JoJo and donate $90 per month to provide care for her and one of her friends at the Sintang Orangutan Center
JoJo features in the documentary RISE OF THE ECO -WARRIORS by Virgo Productions, released in cinemas in March 2014. www.ecowarriorsrise.com.
The Eco-Warriors team: Ben Dessen - Australia, Kodi Twiner - Australia, Paul Daley - Australia, Fahrani Empel - Indonesia, Fabrice Marre - France, Ann-Sophie Marion - France, Neo Chai Chin - Singapore, Mark Kuroski - USA, Liza Heavener - USA, Steve Patriarco - USA, Perry Schumacher - Canada, Emily Hunter - Canada, Shadrack Kalasa - Kenya, Tom Smith - UK, and Yvette Teeselink (Netherlands) are supporting the campaign to adopt JoJo and the orphan Orangutans at the Sintang Orangutan Center.