We have finally received several new photos from the Release Team and the Monitoring Teams. Here they are!
Then, here is Komeng and Ika’s first taste of freedom. Komeng very slowly and graciously exited his travel cage completely relaxed and unrushed. He headed for the first tree, slowly climbed up and spent a few minutes staring at us as if he had never been out of the forest, before heading up higher in the canopy and off into the forest.
Ika shot out of her cage like a bullet and immediately climbed a tree and started throwing small leaves and twigs at us in a very half hearted manner – but clearly she was delighted to finally be out of a cage and finally back in the forest.
Heldy, on the other hand, was not so sure that he was free. After the cage was opened, he just sat in his cage for a few seconds, carefully stuck his head out to see where he was, then finally got out and ran to a tree.
We also managed to capture Yaya – our sweet 9½ year-old female orangutan – before she got out of her cage! As the photo shows, our cameraman James was in the right place at the right time. We will have video updates from James very soon.
Jojo’s turn now. Jojo is one of the youngest orangutans in this group. He is now 8-9 years old. But he did not hesitate at all. As soon as the cage door was opened, he grabbed a liana and swung away.
Bang Jagur also enjoyed his first day of freedom. Just like Ika, Bang Jagur was very quick. Door opened and he was gone! Playing among the trees, this is the best shot we got.
It truly is amazing to witness and be part of taking these orangutans back to the forest. Our staff have known and cared for these orangutans for years so to see them finally back where they should be is such a gift to us all. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible!