Meet the 2nd Release Candidate: Bunga

Bunga (which means flower in English) is a wild female orangutan who we found and rescued in 2006, around an oil palm plantation in Kotawaringin Timur Regency, Central Kalimantan.  At the time of her rescue, Bunga was only 3 ½ years old and was emaciated, with her body weight recorded at only 8 kilos.

After the loving care she has received at Nyaru Menteng, Bunga is fit and healthy weighing 31.6 kgs and is ready to go back to the forest.  As a wild orangutan, Bunga does not like to be surrounded by humans and sometimes, if the technician arrives to feed her, she will sneer and make funny ‘kissing’ sounds – we call these sounds kiss-squeaks.

At the end of March, 2012, after almost 6 years living in Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, Bunga will be reintroduced to the forest. She can enjoy living in the wild once again!


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