22nd February 2018
You might remember the two female orangutans we recently rescued, Hati and Riana. Hati was rescued from a villager in Tumbang Sanamang, Katingan Hulu, Central Kalimantan, while Riana was rescued from a resident of Bontang, East Kalimantan. Both rescues were conducted by teams from BOS Foundation and BKSDA. After almost a week in our care, Hati and Riana are adapting to their new homes in our rescue and rehabilitation centres.
Hati Loves Milk
Hati, aged around 2.5 years old, is currently undergoing quarantine in our Baby House at Nyaru Menteng. She bravely climbs up to 10 meters high. She is becoming friendlier toward her peers; Rachel, Alejandra, and Bravis. Hati likes to eat all types of fruits offered by the babysitters. She also loves milk and still wakes in the night to request milk.
Riana the Loner
Five-year-old Riana, who was suffering from diarrhoea and a worm infection upon arrival, is also showing signs of improvement. She now eats and drinks a good amount, and is willing to try forest fruits. She loves to play and try the different enrichment offered at Samboja Lestari. She has a long way to go, but we hope she will gain more confidence in the company of our babysitters.
The Third Rescue of the Month
Meanwhile, our Samboja Lestari orangutan rehabilitation centre also received another baby female – named Ecky – estimated to be around two years old. She was rescued in the village of Bukit Makmur, Kaliorang, East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan by a joint-team from the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and BOS Foundation Samboja Lestari. Ecky arrived with a bloated stomach and was severely malnourished. Our team quickly covered her with a warm blanket, and she soon fell asleep in the loving arms of the babysitter who accompanied the rescue team.
Ecky is now undergoing quarantine in the Samboja Lestari Baby House whilst we await her health test results. She is beginning to show an interest in tasting different fruits and trying the different types of enrichment offered, which are very positive signs.
We will continue to provide the best care for these young orphaned orangutans and ease them into the rehabilitation process. Hopefully, in the future, they can regain their freedom in a safe natural forest.