After Sayang was seen some months ago with an enlarged belly and other signs of pregnancy, our Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team from Camp Lesik could not locate her again – until recently.
Meanwhile, Lesan and her family were often spotted and monitored around the camp. But where had Sayang gone? Had she given birth? Our PRM team members were curious and anxious to know where Sayang was and how she was doing.
Then, a few weeks ago, Sayang suddenly popped up near Camp Lesik with her daughter Padma – and a new baby! Imagine the PRM team’s surprise and joy at finally spotting her with her two offspring.
Sayang’s newborn, whose gender is still unknown, has very thick hair similar to their mother’s. The infant looks adorable in Sayang’s arms and is being doted on by their big sister, Padma. While understandably not as active as usual, Sayang is very protective of her new baby.
Until this day, 34 new orangutans have been born to mothers who BOS has released since 2012 in both East and Central Kalimantan – and we can’t wait for more happy news from the forest.
We also can’t wait to bring you more updates on Sayang and the newest member of her little family.