Returning after dark from day 1 of monitoring Tarzan, Astrid, Monic and Tantri, Scientific Advisor Simon Husson reported by satellite phone yesterday at 18.25 that all the orangutans were successfully followed by the monitoring teams until they made their nests for the night. Astrid, who had bolted out of her cage when Program Manager Anton Nurcahyo opened the door, continued her tree climbing in various trees and made several nests before finally settling down for the night. Monic followed Astrid closely and the two were also joined by Tantri. All the girls made quite a few nests as didn’t appear to be satisfied with their first attempts, however by night fall all were settled, nesting close together. We are hoping that they will stick together while they familiarize themselves with their new forest home. As for Tarzan, he climbed up and up until he finally found a good resting place for the night.
All the orangutans need a very good nights sleep ready for a fully day of foraging tomorrow. Sleep well all.