Two weeks ago, we reported that Hamzah sadly had to part ways with Bong, who we had to transfer to Muara Soh.
After we moved Bong, Hamzah appeared displeased, and he disappeared into the forest as soon as she was out of sight.
However, according to our newest observations, Hamzah has found a new girl! Our team at Camp Lesik in the Kehje Sewen Forest recently spotted him with another unidentified orangutan nearby.
They immediately prepared their observation equipment: datasheets, cameras, and a GPS. One of our team members was able to match the appearance of the unidentified orangutan with our morphological database and discovered that the orangutan in question was Bungan.
We released the female in 2017 and last year had to translocate her far away after she damaged our facilities and stole supplies from Camp Nles Mamse in the southern side of the Kehje Sewen Forest. Somehow, Bungan had managed to cross back and met up with Hamzah!
Based on our observations, it is evident that Hamzah and Bungan have a connection and enjoy spending time together. When we tried to approach Bungan for a closer look, Hamzah responded quickly and followed her everywhere.
He seemed like he did not want to lose track of his newest female companion. This behaviour was different from what Hamzah had displayed when with Bong. He did not follow her as intensely or keep such a close eye on her.
We sincerely hope that the closeness between Hamzah and Bungan will lead to a new wild-born baby, increasing the orangutan population in the Kehje Sewen Forest!
Read also: Bong and Hamzah – Part 1