When we first encountered Tarzan, this 17 year-old male orangutan looked positively dashing. Tarzan already had his cheek-pads and for most people, a tall and big orangutan with full-grown cheek-pads intimidates and terrifies them. Thus, the local community who encountered him in the vicinity of a plantation asked the BOS Foundation to help take him to a safer place.
The BOS Foundation’s rescue team rescued Tarzan on May 16, 2004 and brought him to Nyaru Menteng. During his first few years in Nyaru Menteng, Tarzan tried to damage and unbolt his enclosure, at least 3 times! He clearly wanted to go back to wild.
Now, Tarzan is 24 years old and very healthy. Weighing 78.3 kg, he is more dashing than ever. This handsome male orangutan with a golden-brown mustache is waiting to be returned to the forest. There will be no bolt to damage and no enclosure to escape from. Tarzan will be free.