The world’s only known albino orangutan is moving to a man-made ‘forest island’ home.
The five-year-old female orangutan can’t be safely returned to the wild because of health issues related to her albinism, which make her more vulnerable to hunters.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, who named her Alba after the Latin word for ‘white’ following her rescue last year, said this includes poor sight and hearing and the likelihood of skin cancer later in life.
Instead, the conservation group will be moving her into a 10-hectare special reserve near the group’s orangutan rehabilitation centre in central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo by the end of June.
‘Soon, Alba will be moved to a special man-made island that encompasses 10 hectares of natural habitat, so she can live a life of freedom, while remaining protected from human threats,’ the group said in a statement on Wednesday.
Alba will be accompanied in her new home by three other orangutans – a four-year-old female called Radmala, a six-year-old female called Kika and Unyu, a four-year-old male.
She has bonded with the three since being rescued from Tanggiran village in Central Kalimantan in late April a