[RELEASE CANDIDATES!] Paluy, Gundul, Jamal, Mangkutub

Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center is releasing 21 orangutans this coming November! We’re publishing 3-4 profiles per day, leading up to the momentous D-day.

Don’t miss it and check our blog every day!

1. Paluy

Paluy was rescued from PT. Mustika Sembuluh, an oil palm plantation in Sampit, East Kotawaringin Regency. The female youngster was very feisty and wild, but because she was only 3.5 – 4 years old, she could not be released right away. Instead, the Rescue Team took her to the Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center on February 13, 2006.

The high spirited young lady has dark red hair that has grown quite long around her forehead, framing her lovely face perfectly. She also has a wispy yellowish-brown beard as well as scars of unknown causes on the left side of her abdomen and both of her palms. Now at 10 years old and 43.6 kg, Paluy has never lost her wild demeanor. She is active, playful, but can also be aggressive. She  still makes fierce kiss-squeaking noises every time a technician approaches to feed her or to clean her enclosure. Her solid independence clearly demonstrates that she is well qualified to roam free in a real forest. And that’s exactly what she is going to do very soon!

2. Gundul

Rescued from an oil palm plantation in the border of Sampit and Pangkalan Bun, East Kotawaringin Regency, Gundul was at that time 3 – 3.5 years old. This female orangutan was rescued with her mother and seven other orangutans; one of which was Bang Jagur who was successfully released back in March 2012. Gundul then entered Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center on March 18, 2006. Unfortunately, her mother, Mama Gundul who was found badly injured finally passed away after two months of intensive care at Nyaru Menteng.

Despite this tragedy, Gundul has thankfully grown into a self-reliant individual. She can be quite naughty sometimes, too and often teases the technicians by playfully pinching them as they clean her enclosure. She is now 9 years old with wavy thick hair and weighs 41 kg. And she will once again taste the good life in a real forest when she is finally released this November!

3. Jamal

This male orangutan was only 4 – 4.5 years old when he was confiscated at Seluching Camp from a staff of an oil palm plantation in the border of Sampit and Pangkalan Bun, East Kotawaringin Regency. Along with four other rescued orangutans, he was taken to Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center on June 13, 2006. He was named Jamal after a restaurant in Sampit where the Rescue Team rested and had a meal.

Six years has passed since his arrival at Nyaru Menteng and Jamal is now a very active 10 year-old, weighing 33 kg. His dark-skinned oval face and delicate dark red hair, there is no doubt that the agile teenager will soon grow into a dashing adult. And that won’t happen in Nyaru Menteng, but in the forest where he belongs because Jamal is going to embark on his final journey home!

4. Mangkutub

In October 2006, a report was received from a staff member of the BOS Foundation’s Mawas Program who was on duty in Mentangai. The report indicated that a villager had taken a baby male orangutan to the Tuanan Research Station and left him there. The Nyaru Menteng Rescue Team arranged to pick him up at the jetty of Mandumai Village in Pulang Pisau Regency. The orangutan, aged 3.5 – 4 years old, was taken to the Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center on October 8, 2006 where he underwent treatment for wounds found around his mouth and all over his body. He was named Mangkutub.

Today, Mangkutub has fully recovered from all of his injuries. He is a quiet and friendly 10 year-old who interacts well with babysitters and technicians. But if a new person or a stranger whom he has never seen before approaches, he immediately shows signs of dislike. Thin-haired Mangkutub now weighs a healthy 38.6 kg and after six years living in Nyaru Menteng he will finally be on his homecoming trip to the forest!


One thought on “[RELEASE CANDIDATES!] Paluy, Gundul, Jamal, Mangkutub

  1. Oh Wow!21 Orangutans to be released-this is amazing news!!How will I keep up with them all?;D From such traumatic starts to their lives they have certainly flourished into beautiful young Orangutans.Paluy is so pretty,a shame that she has scars on her tummy & hands-cruel treatment no doubt.But she is active,playful then she can be aggresive & independent-useful for when she is free.Gundul is also a pretty girl,how sad her mum did not survive to see her lovely daughter released back home.Jamal,a typical lad!Handsome & active,don’t think he will be short of admirers!Then there is Mangkutub-dumped by a villager-god only knows what happened to his poor mother-then the injuries he suffered-words fail me,the cruelty of man sickens me.A quiet friendly boy-but he doesn’t like strangers,can’t blame him for that can we?Will these lucky few be released together?Are they going to be near the earlier released Orangutans or in a different location?I am delighted so many are being given the chance to live how Orangutans should.I look forward to the next instalment of this fantastic tale.Thank you for this lovely news!:D

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