She was in poor physical condition, and it took over a year to rehabilitate.
Alba, the world’s only known albino orangutan, was discovered by the Borneo Orangutan Trust back in April 2017.
She was kept in a cage by the inhabitants of an Indonesian village in the province of Central Kalimantan. She was in poor physical condition, and it took over a year to rehabilitate.
At the end of 2018, Alba was released into the wild and her adaptation was observed for six months.
The Foundation announced this week that Alba is healthy and still doing well in the wild as she was spotted watching three other orangutans released into the wild.
Alba’s rescue was rare positive news for an endangered species whose habitat has been drastically reduced in recent decades due to deforestation.
Orangutans are attacked by plantation workers and villagers because they think they are pests, and poachers capture them to sell as pets.
Alba, the world’s only recorded albino orangutan in Kalimantan, has been released into the wild after 20 months of rehabilitation.
Alba and another female orangutan, Kiku, were taken to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park on the island of Kalimantan (Borneo).
Foundation staff said they would monitor the animals for a year to see if they could adapt to the wild after rehabilitation, RTVI reported.
According to BOSF representatives, they found Alba in April 2017. At that time, the orangutan was five years old. The albino monkey suffered from malnutrition, dehydration and parasites.
The foundation noted that during the entire existence of the organization, Alba became the first albino orangutan they took for rehabilitation.
Alba went to rehab with Kiku. According to experts, these two female Kalimantan orangutans became so friendly with each other that they decided to treat and release them into the wild at the same time.
One of the reasons for this decision was that animals with albinism can sometimes experience problems with socialization, as well as visual and hearing impairments.