Jelapat was being kept in a village in Central Kalimantan when he was discovered by BOS Foundation.
A resident had found him 6 months earlier, alone and weak, by a river bank. Forest fires had devastated the area at the time and sadly we believe his mother had either perished in the fires or was killed intentionally. The resident took the baby home and named him Jelapat.
Jelapat was kept in a small cage on the side of a busy road, dressed in baby clothing and given leftover rice and side dishes to eat. It must have been a terrifying experience for him.
Jelapat was determined to be about 1.5 years old. Upon arrival at Nyaru Menteng, Jelapat was placed in quarantine – he was the fifth baby orangutan rescued by our team that month. Jelapat, like the other infants in our care, will have to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process at Nyaru Menteng to learn the survival skills he would have gained naturally from his mother in the wild.
Jelapat is one of the stars on the new documentary series “Orangutan Jungle School” available on Stan.
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