JAKARTA – A conservation group in Indonesia said on Wednesday it will create a special reserve for an extremely rare albino orangutan it rescued in April.
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is planning to create an enclosed and protected forest zone of around 5 hectares (12.4 acres) for the orangutan it had named Alba, which is the only known albino orangutan in the world and an endangered species, according to the organization.
“The threats that her special condition exposes her to; in particular, her contrasting color and the health related issues, including poor sight, hearing and skin cancer complications that entails albinism, are too significant,” said BOSF in a statement, adding that is why it cannot be returned to the wild.
Alba has been living in a cage at BOSF’s Nyaru Menteng rescue and rehabilitation center in the village of Tanggirang in the Kalimantan Central province, recovering from malnourishment.
In Borneo, there are around 100,000 orangutans, as compared to 290,000 in 1973, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which says the species is critically endangered.