Orangutans addicted to smoking to receive treatment program
Orangutan smokers, Tori and her partner, Didik were moved to a separate island away from visitors as part of a rescue program aimed at breaking their cigarette addiction at Jurug Zoo, in Solo.
At first, Tori smoked the lit cigarette butts thrown into her cage by visitors. Now, if she needs a nicotine fix,
Tori learned how to smoke by imitating visitors taking puffs near her cage. Her parents were also smokers.
The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) and zoo management to move her, along with her partner, to a small island in the middle of the Central Java zoo’s lake to keep her away from zoo visitors who are enabling the ape by tossing cigarettes into her cage.
she puts up two fingers to signal her craving. If the visitors refuse, her irritation takes the form of throwing things within reach at those who would deny her.
A group of activists, from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), held the protest to call on Jakarta's zoo to release at least 20 orangutans hidden from the public to be re-homed, or treated better. With the wild population crashing at the rate of 3,000 to 5,000 a year due to deforestation and poaching the estimated current population of 55,000 orangutans could be all but disappear in ten years.