It is always interesting to look at the progress young orangutans make along their rehabilitation journey at our Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This time, let’s find out what Paulinus, Christina and Monita, the newest members of Forest School Group 3, have been up to the last months.
Since joining Group 3, Paulinus has adjusted well. The three-year-old actively plays in the trees during the day and socialises well with other orangutans. Paulinus enjoys playing with his new friends Bumi, Zahri and Oka. And he loves to wrestle and challenge Bravis, who is much bigger than him.
When Christina first joined Group 3, the seven-year-old seemed hesitant to interact with other orangutans. She tended to shy away and avoid her peers, despite being larger than most of them.
One day, a wild female orangutan named Tuty showed up and interacted with the orangutans in Group 3. Christina seemed to be terrified by Tuty, even though her presence was not unusual. We sometimes encounter wild orangutans in Nyaru Menteng due to its proximity to a nearby forest.
Christina has since grown comfortable with her peers and no longer shows signs of being shy or intimidated by other orangutans. She loves to play with Monita in particular.
Three-year-old Monita was a little timid when she first joined Group 3, but she soon found her confidence with her friends Alejandra and Topan around. She played with them in the tall trees and learned how to build stronger nests. Now, she has started learning new survival skills from observing her fellow forest school students.
Way to go, Paulinus, Christina and Monita!