Jakarta, 13 April 2021 - Garuda Indonesia's national airline has the opportunity to support the conservation process of protected endangered animals, by flying 4 (four) orangutans consisting of two Sumatran orangutans (pongo abelii) and two Bornean orangutans (pongo pygameus) through two flight paths namely Yogyakarta - Balikpapan and Semarang - Medan.
The two female Bornean orangutans named Ucokwati and Mungil are orangutans who have previously undergone rehabilitation at the Yogyakarta Nature Conservation Foundation (YKAY) or Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta to further, undergo translocation to the Centre for Orangutan Protection (CoP) rehabilitation center in Berau, East Kalimantan before being ready for release in their natural habitat. Both were departed from Yogyakarta using Airbus A330-300 (GA215) to Jakarta on Thursday (8/4) then the journey continued the next day using Boeing 737-800 (GA 560) to Balikpapan.
Furthermore, two male and female Sumatran orangutans were rescued from illegal maintenance and then departed from Semarang using a Boeing 737-800 (GA 235 and GA 190) on April 10, 2021, to Kualanamu, Medan to undergo rehabilitation.
Garuda Indonesia has ensured that all documents and procedures for transporting orangutans classified as live animals have complied with international regulations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Indonesian quarantine and customs regulations, including the readiness of the live animal room during transit in Jakarta.