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Environmental Issues/Nature, Fulbright / Indonesia

The smoking Javanese orangutan — no, really

So, in other off-kilter (yet serious) news from Indonesia,  zookeepers at Satwa Taru Jurug Zoo in Solo, Java are trying to help one of their four orangutans quit smoking. 

No, really.

Tori, who is 15 years old, has been smoking for about a decade. According to reports, she learned to imitate smoking by watching people, and a steady stream of visitors have thrown lit cigarettes into her cage so that they could watch and take pictures and video.

A mesh cover will be placed over her cage, and later, she will be moved to an island farther away from visitors.

A medical report on the impact of smoking on Tori’s health is expected Saturday.

On a more serious note, a few Indonesian zoos have struggled to adequately care for their animals, the most infamous case being that of Surabaya Zoo , where the animal mortality rate is alarmingly high. Hopefully, this will change; Indonesia’s brilliant biodiversity needs to be protected; and zoos, of course, are one of the ways to do that.

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July 2012
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