Yayasan Jejak Pulang is a non-profit organization which was established in 2014 in Samboja, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Founded by a well-renowned primatologist Dr. Signe Preuschoft, our vision is to realize a planet shared fairly amongst humans and their primate cousins in which evolved ecosystems survive sustainably into the far future.
Yayasan Jejak Pulang is a child organization of Four Paws International, which is a global animal welfare organization head-quartered in Austria.
In Indonesia, Yayasan Jejak Pulang works in collaboration with two government agencies under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, to act on orangutan rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction.
Our strength is to rehabilitate great apes based on their natural psychological development from infants to adulthood. We greatly value a mutual trust between apes and their human caretaker, believing that a healthy relationship with human will positively affect the orangutans’ mental development for independent life in their natural habitat upon reintroduction.
We practice the highest level of no contact policy for human other that our selected caregivers as we also need to convince the orangutans that not all humans can be trusted.
ASAP Species That We Work On
What We Do
We have two mission statements to realize our vision:
1. To physically and psychologically rehabilitate orangutans when they are injured by human interference and restore them to a life in
autonomy in their natural habitat.
2. To safeguard orangutan habitats by scouting roads for humans to integrate local tradition and emancipated citizenship in harmony with nature.
Our target species is the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus).
Where We Work
Our current work area is concentrated in the Samboja region, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, where we run a rehabilitation program for rescued young orangutans in a research forest owned by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Being a research forest, this location provides an ideal environment for this umbrella species to learn how to survive on their own again and eventually serve their ecosystem functions.
In 2022 we have been able to secure a pristine rainforest area in Mahakam Hulu, East Kalimantan, where we have earned the permit to reintroduce our orangutans. Soon we will expand our activities to post-release monitoring in that area.
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