June 2014 Orangutan Update - Jojo and Joyce are kept happy and our two new arrivals settle in
Jojo (pictured) was moved from quarantine to a socialisation cage a couple of months ago, but his close proximity to the centre’s dominant male, Monte, was leading to some aggression. To keep both the big boys happy, we moved Jojo to another socialisation cage, but being a very inquisitive orangutan, Jojo was not happy with his view! Luckily there was an adjoining cage free and the interconnecting door was removed allowing him free access. This not only gave him more room, he now also enjoys spending his time avidly watching the other orangutans and staff passing to and fro and he is much happier and relaxed.
Joyce has recently had to take time out from baby school and rest up because of a fracture in her right leg. An x-ray examination has revealed that she had a fracture of her right tibia bone below the knee. Luckily the bone is still intact and the team decided that rest and restriction of movement together, with pain relief, might be all that is needed. She is pretty content and amuses herself with leafy browse, a teddy bear and other enrichment. She will have to stay semi-confined like this for another two weeks and will then be re-xrayed to see how her fracture is healing.
In June we received two new rescued young orangutans, Obi and Muria.
Muria, a very pretty, sweet natured orangutan is still completing her time in quarantine. So far all her health tests have come back clear, but she still has a couple of weeks to wait until she can join the other orangs in forest school and start her rehabilitation process.
Obi has just completed 6 weeks quarantine. He is not a very attractive chap, is very overweight for his estimated three years of age, he weighed 13.8kg on admission (15kg now!) and is very pale in colour from being kept indoors for so long (chained in a toilet/outhouse.) He is not very amenable, which can make it difficult for his carers to get him in and out of his cage for weighing etc. On release day it needed two members of staff inside the cage just to extract Obi!
He was taken to baby school but was quite aggressive with his human carers and bit three of them! He did, however react well to the other orangutans – Rocky, Anjas and a visiting Melky from forest school. Considering his history this is understandable and having these characteristics stands him in good stead for being a suitable candidate for release. He is now settling in well and being more sociable. With his more nutritious diet and all the exercise he now gets, his muscles will build and his excess weight will disappear, plus the colour and condition of his coat will improve.
Our hard working volunteers from Project Orangutan have been busy working at our site. The keepers need easier access to the island area, so their latest project is to construct a drawbridge. This involves having to dig out an area of the canal and put up some shuttering in preparation. All done in the sweltering Borneo heat with hand tools!