If you’ve ever watched the documentary series ‘Orangutan Island’, you know her – the coolest female star ever to hit the TV screen: ‘Sheriff Daisy’. It’s been a while since we’ve seen her, but our Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team in the Bukit Batikap Protection Forest recently spotted her near the Totat Jalu Monitoring Camp. And guess what? She wasn’t alone!
Daisy was released into Batikap in 2012, the first year the BOS Foundation reintroduced orangutans into the area. Our team was lucky to catch a look at her after she approached the camp to taste the cassava cultivated nearby. She emerged from the opening of Transect Anton – cradling a baby!
The PRM team quickly sprang into action to observe the pair and take notes. They soon determined that both orangutans were active and in good health. Daisy’s infant appeared to be highly reliant on her, gripping its mother’s hair tightly so as not to fall when she moved around.
At first glance, our PRM team members thought the two orangutans were Inung and Indie, known to frequent the monitoring camp. However, upon closer inspection, they were delighted to discover it was long-lost and newly mum Daisy.
We have yet to determine the sex of Daisy’s child, but we are sure that he/she will grow into an independent and skilled wild orangutan, well protected by its amazing mum. Honestly, who would mess with Sheriff Daisy?
Thanks to our excellent Post-Release-Monitoring (PRM) team, Daisy and all the other reintroduced orangutans are thriving in our release forests. It’s impressive to see how well they are adjusting to their new environment, and we owe it all to the hard work and dedication of our PRM team. They go above and beyond to ensure that the orangutans are safe and healthy, especially during the first three months, which are critical for their survival in the wild.
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