Once officials explained to Jelapat's owner why he could not be kept as a pet, he was given to the organization and transferred to BOS Foundation's Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center. The orangutan, estimated to be a year old, showed no fear toward his rescuers - more than likely a result of being held captive and exposed to humans over an extended period of time.
Both species of orangutans are critically endangered and are losing their homes and lives due to to deforestation and fires from the palm oil industry - but also, a lack of awareness, as in Jelapat's case.
"A recent study suggested that 27 percent of the people in Kalimantan did not know that orangutans are protected by law," the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) states. "Campaigns to effectively inform the public and encourage rural people to support the principles of environmental conservation and be actively responsible for the management of their resources are therefore a crucial requirement for successful orangutan conservation."