Bohorok Orangutan Viewing Centre
Located just outside
Bukit Lawang Gunung Leuser National Park, in Sumatra, the
Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is about 90 kms from Medan.
The Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is a famous
rehabilitation centre that was set up in 1973, by two Swiss
zoologists, Regina Frey and Monica Boerner, to help primates
to get readjusted to the wild after confinement or
The orangutans of Sumatra are an endangered species, with loss
of habitat, and poaching pushing them towards extinction. The
Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre is an effort to preserve and
save these animals that are quickly dying out. After it was
opened in 1973, with funding coming from the Frankfurt
Zoological Society (FZS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),
the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre has seen almost 200
orangutans released into the wilderness.
The Bohorok Orang-utan
Viewing Centre is a center where a visitor can closely watch
semi-wild orangutans, where they are being trained to return to
their native habitat after being freed from captivity. In 2002, a
new quarantine centre was set up outside Medan, as an additional
facility with the Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre.
As this center, named Bukit Lawang Centre became operational, the
Bohorok Orang-utan Viewing Centre has been restricted to be the
home of old and sick orangutans.
The quickest and comfortable way to get to
Medan is by air and there are flights connect all the major cities
in Indonesia from here.
Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara Internasional Kualanamu) (IATA: KNO,
ICAO: WIMM) is an international airport serving Medan. It is
located in Deli Serdang regency, 26 km east of downtown Medan.
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