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Another smuggled orangutan safely repatriated to Indonesia
November 23, 2015, 2:58 pm

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuwait in cooperation with the Kuwait Zoo and Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation have again successfully and safely returned home a orangutan on 22 November that was illegally smuggled into Kuwait.

This orangutan, named by Kuwait Zoo as Zafrana, is one out of two orangutans that were smuggled into Kuwait in July and was successfully confiscated by relevant authority in Kuwait. The first orangutan, who was named by the Kuwait Zoo as Moza, was sent home on 13 September. Both orangutans are Borneo of the sub-species Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii.

This repatriation of the orangutan shows strong commitment both from the Government of Indonesia and authorities in Kuwait to preserve the endangered species as listed by CITES Appendix I which, unfortunately, includes the orangutan. The Government of Indonesia will hold accountable anyone involved in this illegal activity and bring the perpetrator to court.

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