May Orangutan Diary
Temon (pictured) is showing great promise. She is still very tiny, but incredibly independent of the carers. Always climbing high, even when the other babies are crying for their food or drinks, Temon remains calm and quiet, but with a very hopeful look in her eyes. She should grow to be a big strong girl as she loves her food and enjoys a varied diet, eating all the veggies, including ones that a lot of the other youngsters reject.
Kiki has now finished his treatment for air sacculitis, an infection in his throat pouch, and is doing very well. We decided to find him a friend to encourage him to be more social with other orangutans and introduced Pinoh into his enclosure. To start off with both of them were a little unsure of their new companion, mostly just passing by each other unless there was food or enrichment around. Pinoh is a rather greedy individual who learned very quickly that Kiki was a pushover, so they are currently being separated at meal times to make sure Kiki gets his fair share of the goodies. Pinoh is a very playful character and Kiki is warming to her company.
Bonita (pictured right) has moved back to baby school after giving forest school a try. She was the smallest member in forest school and although she has great skills at climbing and nest building she couldn’t cope with the competition and boisterous behaviour from the older, larger orangutans. When she moved back to baby school she was seeking lots of human attention, but has now settled back in well, becoming more independent of the carers and climbing and exploring with Gunung and Joyce.
Rika is thriving in forest school, even though she is now the smallest one there. She has also grown some hair, which is much brighter than the dull, balding coat she had when she first arrived. She is very forest savvy, staying high in the trees and although she follows the other orangutans back to the night cages at the end of the day, she will often refuse to come in and make her own nest close by. This is fantastic behaviour and a promising sign that her natural skills will continue to develop and she will also be a good example to the other members of forest school.
Pingky has resumed her position at the top of the totem pole. She is thriving on her new diet and getting lots more exercise as she keeps Nicky, Huta and Mely in line.
The female groups in the large socialisation cages are working out well. Suki, who has always been a very independent and reserved individual, has found a new friend in Mona, who she loves to play with. The pair also like to spend time with Neng and Cinta. Mona is paying a lot of interest to the construction of the new socialisation cages (see picture), which are being built next to theirs. With her fascination of bolts we are hoping that she’s not working out how to dismantle them in the future!
The medical team are in the process of planning for a building to house a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) lab. To have this facility on site will speed up a lot of the testing processes. In the past we have always had to send samples away, resulting in long waits for results