Matilda’s Family in Karangan Uban
This past February, Matilda and her little daughter Georgina were seen around the Karangan Uban area, when the Post-release Monitoring (PRM) and Orangutan Release team were setting up a temporary camp to support our most recent orangutan release event. Carrying Georgina, Matilda was seen sitting on abranch of a big tree facing the Joloi River and they completely ignored the team’s presence. They were released in August last year and after 6 months, both looked healthy and active.
Meanwhile Markisa and her two daughters Uli and Manggo who were released in February last year were seen in a Sangkuang tree by the Joloi River when the Orangutan Release team passed by on their way to check the designated orangutan drop point for the planned releases. A year on from their release and Markisa was holding Uli tight in her arms, while Manggo played not far away.
Finding Kopi’s Signal
Kopi who was released in November 2012, has been quite a challenge for the PRM team to observe. This beautiful female orangutan travelled quickly into the forest right after she was released, almost never to be seen again. A member of Totat Jalu Camp PRM team, Apriadi, picked up her signal recently. He followed the signal and finally saw orangutan movements and caught a glimpse of her arm. She was gone again in no time though and was so fast that Apriadi wasn’t able to follow her. The team however is delighted to know that she is doing well and very active.
Jamiat Explores Monnu
Jamiat was also released in November 2012, along with Sif, Gadis, and Menteng at Transect 30. Now, the 19 year old male orangutan has navigated his way through the forest and reached the Monnu area. When observed by the PRM team, Jamiat was resting in his nest. He seemed oblivious to the team’s presence at first, but after two hours in his nest, he may well have felt somewhat disturbed by his human observers and hid.
Sempung Tries Out His Long Call
Sempung is doing very well and healthy. This adult male orangutan was released in August 2012, and spends most of his time in the trees, including resting. The large cheekpadded male also doesn’t appreciate the PRM team’s presence. Upon seeing the team, Sempung made pig-like vocalisation, kiss-squeaked and broke branches. He stopped eating and seemed extremely annoyed. Suddenly, Sempung made a long call. Despite being captivated by the majestic vocalisation which shows a male orangutan’s domination over an area, the team was made aware that this was a sign that Sempung was really unhappy and left him at once.
We couldn’t be happier with these observations. These orangutans are doing well and appear to be thriving in their new environment. Well done to the Post-release Monitoring team and keep up the fantastic work!
Text by: Ike Naya Silana