Due to her bright white fur, rescuers were worried she’d attract other poachers. And since she’s albino, Alba is more susceptible to skin disease, vision loss and poor hearing compared to her redheaded counterparts, which would further leave her at a disadvantage to other wild orangutans.
So BOS set out on a valiant effort to keep her safe forever: They would raise $80,000 to buy the ape her own island, since she can’t be safely released back to her old home.
After the story of her rescue went viral, and after months of fundraising, the foundation announced news in January that 6-year-old Alba’s special refuge would soon become a reality. BOS purchased a plot on a remote island which will soon be a sanctuary for Alba and three friends whom she has bonded with while under the BOS’s care.