Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest, April – May 2012
Latest update from our Post Release Monitoring (PRM) Team at Bukit Batikap revealed that Tarzan, Astrid and Monic were busy ‘inspecting’ the Jacqui Transect, around 1.5 km northeast of the Monitoring Camp.
Tarzan seems to love being close to Monic. But the three of them (Tarzan, Monic and also Astrid) still play together quite often. The Team also observed that the three ‘musketeers’ had been eating really well. Their diet includes various types of young leaves, as well as a type of fruit, locally named Ubah (we’re still trying to find the common name and scientific name for this fruit).
There were times when the PRM Team did not pick up any signal at all. On May 1, for example, the Team walked up to 6 km to the north, but could not hear any signal nor encounter any orangutan. But on May 2, they picked up signals for Tarzan, Astrid and Monic. On May 3, they found Yaya, Heldy, Ika and Tantri. And the next day, they met with Mama Tata, Jojo, Yaya, Ika and Tantri.
The PRM Team only managed to receive continuous signals for Bang Jagur, Bunga and Kali on the first three days after they were released. After which, the three orangutans seemed to travel far beyond reach of our radio telemetry system. However, on April 1, their signals were picked up around Anna Hill and Simon Hill, approximately 2 km southeast of our Monitoring Camp.
We will continue to update you as soon as we receive new information from our PRM Team on the field. For now, we hope you enjoy our latest monitoring stories and photos of our beloved orangutans!