Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) is a firm supporter of Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit (HOCRU), the flagship response unit of OIC.
In the event of an orangutan encounter, locals are encouraged to call the unit rather than deal with the primates themselves. This is to avoid extreme situations where locals resort to shooting the animals out of fear.
The team immediately comes to the rescue to minimise orangutan contact with humans. The orangutans found to be in harm’s way are then relocated to protected forests in Aceh province.
The team also conducts regular field monitoring of relocated and isolated Sumatran orangutan populations. Likewise, WRS deploys veterinarians for the care of these animals.
In some instances, locals have chosen to keep the apes as pets. The team also responds to such cases, educating would-be keepers that it's illegal to do so, especially as orangutans are wild animals that should not be domesticated.
At the policy level, HOCRU has been active in engaging the support of the local government. It has succeeded in convincing the local government of South Aceh to establish a human-wildlife mitigation task force and a secretariat for wildlife conflict resolution. At the same time, HOCRU has also conducted socialisation training on human-orangutan wildlife mitigation techniques for government personnel at the sub-district and village levels.