Alba was released into the wild and her adaptation was observed for six months.
Alba, the world’s only known albino orangutan, was discovered by the Borneo Orangutan Trust in April 2017.
He was kept in a cage by the inhabitants of an Indonesian village in the province of Central Kalimantan. He was in poor physical condition and took over a year to recover.
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.
The Alba’s rescue was rare positive news for an endangered species whose habitat has been drastically reduced by deforestation in recent decades.
Plantation workers and villagers attack orangutans as pests, and poachers capture them for sale as pets.
Alba, the world’s only recorded albino orangutan in Kalimantan, has been released into the wild after 20 months of rehabilitation.
Albay and another female orangutan, Kiku, were relocated 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 who was taken to rehabilitation.
Alba went to rehab with Kika. According to experts, these two female orangutans became so friendly with each other that they decided to treat them and release them into the wild at the same time.
One of the reasons for this decision was that animals with albinism can sometimes have problems with socialization, as well as suffer from visual and hearing impairments.