Menteng has managed to cross the river to the other pebble beach; he has obviously moved south and found a crossing place, then back up to the north again to the area of his release, but this time the other side of the river. The team are not following him as want him to investigate his new home and not focus on them. For now though he is just sticking to the river edges and not venturing far into the forest – he is obviously taking some time to adapt. They did see him eat a wasps nest the other day and getting stung by wasps which didn’t seem to bother him too much.
The females (Leonora, Emen, Sif, Gadis) are doing really well and very quickly adapting to become wild orangutans. Leonora is staying in the trees and not the ground (as first feared) which is great. They are not showing any signs of wanting to be close to humans. Astrid had also managed to meet up with these females and hopefully is getting some tips on baby care as we still believe that she is pregnant.
The team will leave the girls alone for a while now so they can continue their activities in peace. The team haven’t focused on Gadis as she was clearly not happy with human presence the first morning we saw her and was doing very well. They will be looking to check progress and collect data on Chanel and Terusan over the next couple of days.
Ebol is doing well and Tarzan also has been observed and is in good health. Menawhile, at Camp Monnu, the team saw Mangkutub who is fine and was kiss-squeaking at them. Kopi appears to have joined up with Abam (from the 3rd release).