Alba, the Only Known Albino Orangutan, is Seen Once Again
Mon, April 19, 2021

Alba, the Only Known Albino Orangutan, is Seen Once Again

 

Orangutans have consistently been threatened by habitat loss as a result of destructive human activities and are primarily hunted for food. They are labeled as critically endangered species, particularly the three species of orangutan: Bornean, Sumatran, and Tapanuli. They only exist on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and on the island of Borneo, which is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Thus, as much as possible, authorities and advocates rescue every orangutan that is in danger.

 

Credits: Daily Mail

 

In 2017, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency rescued Alba, a Bornean orangutan, after being captured and caged by villagers in the Indonesian portion of Borneo. They found her dehydrated, parasite-infected, and distressed. She was immediately sent to the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center where she was treated. But, scientists have another problem: Alba is albino, making her recovery a bit slower. 

 

Credits: Daily Mail

 

According to Smithsonian Mag, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Alba is susceptible to several health conditions such as poor vision and hearing and sensitivity to light. But, the orangutan recovered and showed “excellent climbing and socialization skills.” In a report, Agung Nugroho, head of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Authority, said, “Alba is capable of extensive exploration, skillful foraging, and deft nest building. She also socializes with other released orangutans within the national park.”

 

Credits: Daily Mail

 

After two years under human supervision, she was sent back to the wild. According to the Daily Mail, a British daily middle-market newspaper published in London in a tabloid format, the authorities decided to release Alba into the wild because she had become physically strong and learned essential behaviors for survival. Recently, the team reported seeing Alba, the world’s only known albino orangutan, at Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Indonesia and she seems to be doing just great.

 

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