Send Pongky back home to the forest
  • Petitioning BKSDA Aceh

This petition will be delivered to:

Director General, Dept of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (PHKA)
Ir. Darori, MM
Secretary of Directorate General, Department of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (PHKA)
Ir. Hartono
Director of Biodiversity Conservation
Dr. Ir. Novianto Bambang W,M.Si
Chairman of Indonesian Zoo and Aquarium Association
Dr Rahmat Syah
Head of Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of North Sumatra
Ir. Istanto
Head of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Aceh province, Sumatra
Ir Amon Zamora
Chairman of Indonesian Orangutan Forum (FORINA)
Herry Djoko Susilo

Send Pongky back home to the forest

    1. Petition by

      Orangutan Information Centre (OIC)

The Medan Zoo in Sumatra has recently acquired two new residents – two male orangutans, confiscated from the illegal pet trade by the government conservation agency (BKSDA) in Aceh province.

Both orangutans were being illegally held in captivity in Aceh. One of the animals, named Pongky, was being kept by a high-ranking police officer. The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) attempted to rescue Pongky in July, but when the police officer refused to give him up, they were forced to go to the government for support. Instead of placing Pongky in a rehabilitation programme to one day return to the wild, BKSDA Aceh have sent him, and another orangutan, to the Medan Zoo. The orangutans have simply swapped one life behind bars for another.

According to the Indonesian national Strategy and Action Plan for Orangutan Conservation, any orangutans confiscated from the illegal pet trade should enter a rehabilitation programme and be returned to the wild. Both orangutans should be immediately transferred to the Sumatran orangutan rehabilitation centre, rather than being caged in the Medan Zoo for the rest of their lives.

Moreover, under Indonesian law, it is illegal to keep, kill, harm, transport or trade any protected species, including the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. However, BKSDA Aceh has failed to take any legal action against the ‘owners’ of these two orangutans.

The Indonesian government must enforce its own laws and regulations - the orangutans must be immediately transferred to the orangutan rehabilitation centre to be given a second chance at life in the wild, and the individuals who were keeping them as pets must be prosecuted.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. Good news for Pongky the orangutan at Medan Zoo!

      UPDATE: 25th September 2013

      The Indonesian Director of Biodiversity Conservation has agreed with us that Pongky should never have been taken to Medan Zoo, and should be moved to the SOCP quarantine centre. We won't be happy until he's actually under the care of our friends at SOCP, but this is very good news. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition!

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 21 days ago

      Because I think he belongs in the wild.

    • Tara Nolan BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • 24 days ago

      This is absolutly cruel to hold them in captivity when they are used to living a life as an orangutan should live -free. LET THEM GO HOME!!!!

      • 24 days ago

      Love them and they will love more

    • Simon Nicholls POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 26 days ago

      They need to be living in the wild, without human interference

    • louise atkins LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 26 days ago

      Animals should be in their natural habitat not caged it is cruel and hearbreaking


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