A rare albino orangutan recently rescued from a village in Borneo has been given a popularly chosen name – Alba – and a chance to live in a protected “forest island” home if enough people donate to support her cause.
“Alba”, which means “white” in Latin and “dawn” in Spanish, was selected by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to be the five-year-old female orangutan's name after results of a global online campaign were compiled and reviewed. Kudos to all who participated, especially those who resisted the temptation to submit variations on “Albino McOrangutanface”.
Alba's story is all too commonly heard in the threatened primate's native range. After becoming separated from her mother last April, Alba wound up in Tanggiran village in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province. She was in poor condition when rescued but thanks to around-the-clock care from BOSF staff, she's doubled her weight and is ready for repatriation into the wild.
Trouble is, albino orangutans face the same obstacles as other albino creatures, mainly increased visibility to predators and sensitivity to bright light. Due to Alba's being an extremely rare member of an endangered species, BOSF would like to establish a 5-hectare (12-acre) “forest island” preserve for Alba and three other non-albino orangutans she's bonded with since her rescue.
Encouraged by the enthusiastic response generated through Alba's naming, BOSF is reaching out in a similar manner – a public appeal – to raise $80,000 required to purchase the parcel of land located near its orangutan rehabilitation center in central Kalimantan. Please visit the BOSF website for more information on the foundation, and go to this dedicated page to make a donation. (via Popular Mechanics)