Onyer arrived at our Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on 15 February 2021 after being confiscated from a local resident. The villager claimed he had found the 10-month-old alone, without a mother, at a gold mine site on his way home from work on 19 January 2021.

On his first day at Nyaru Menteng, Onyer was very nervous due to the new environment with many unfamiliar faces. He was unsettled at night and cried whenever a surrogate mother stood up, most likely out of distress that he might be left alone again.

Thankfully, Onyer’s mental state quickly improved. He likes drinking milk, eating fruit, playing on the swing, and climbing the enrichment infrastructure. And he is a cute little poser. Onyer enjoys looking in the camera lens – we have many pictures of him admiring his own reflection!

We can’t wait for Onyer to grow into a strong and independent orangutan, and we are sure that with your loving support, he can one day return to his true home in the rainforest.


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How my Adoption Can Help

Safety in our Rehabilitation Centres

Rehabilitation centres are set up to accommodate confiscated or donated pet orangutans. The aim is to guide and teach apes to return to their habitat. Many orangutans have already been successfully returned and released back in the wild.
Safety in our Rehabilitation Centres

Dedicated Nannies

Orangutan infants stay with their mother until they are about 6 or 7 years old. The mother teaches them everything about survival in the forest. Orphan orangutans in our care have dedicated nannies who give them the love and teach them important skills to be a wild orangutan.
Dedicated Nannies

Critical Vet Care

Unfortunately, Orangutans will come to us critically ill or malnourished. They may also need care from time to time as they grow up and go through Forest School. Our dedicated veterinary team are on hand at both of our rehabilitation centres.
Critical Vet Care

Reintroduction or Translocation into the Wild

When an orangutan has completed their Forest School training, we assess if they are ready to be released back into the wild. Our overriding goal is to reintroduce orangutans back to secure natural habitat. We can only do this with your support.
Reintroduction or Translocation into the Wild

Why Adopt a Baby Orangutan?

Your adoption gift will be used in general support of our rescue and rehabilitation efforts, including medicine, food, equipment, rescue operations, cages and hundreds of other things necessary for the ongoing care of these fabulous animals.

There is no limit to the number of people who can adopt our babies.

Your Adoption Includes:

A Certificate of Adoption
Information on Your Baby
Quarterly Updates
A Small Gift
A Screen Saver of Your Baby