Update from Batikap: Kali shows up, is Astrid pregnant, and Ompong and Bang Jagur back in range!
Over the past couple of weeks the team in Batikap has recorded signals for orangutans, which haven’t been picked up for a while. It’s very exciting to have some updated knowledge on where these individual orangutans currently are and clearly they have been exploring the forest and traveling significant distances.
Kali’s signal was picked up for the first time in months however she is still quite far to the southwest of Bukit Simon (Simon’s Hill). A team was sent to look for Kali and obtain a direct observation, however were unable to traverse the habitat which she seems to have installed herself in – these orangutans are very good at evading humans. The team also picked up signals of Mama Ebol, but yet again she was still far, possibly close to Kali in the same direction.Astrid, Heldy, Tantri and Ika were observed recently as well. They are eating a variety of fruits, plants, invertebrates as well as fungi. There is an abundance of different species in the forest of all food types. At the moment it is Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)season and some of the orangutans, especially Tarzan, are indulging themselves for hours in the trees as reported in our earlier blog update. In addition there is a possibility that Astrid may be pregnant as well. Tarzan, Astrid and Monic were inseparable for long periods during the first few months of their release so it is possible that if Astrid is indeed pregnant, Tarzan may be the father. As with Monic, we will have to wait and see, but will be sure to keep you updated! More exciting news as we were also able to pick up Ompong’s signal who we have not been able to locate since April. Adult males are known to range significant distances and often disappear for months. But it is great to have him back in range. Also signals for Yaya and Bang Jagur have been recorded, which is wonderful news; those two also have taken the opportunity to thoroughly investigate their new home. Jojo has also moved closer to his original release point and the team picked up his signal at Gunung Ahmat.