18 February 2010

Meet Monti, the baby of the group

Volunteer Paloma introduces Monti, a rescued infant orangutan at International Animal Rescue's emergency centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.

Monti the baby orangutanAt only about 6 months old, Monti is the smallest orangutan at the centre. She arrived on 30 November 2009 after we had been looking for her for several days. Some one had told the forestry officers that a family had a young orangutan. They said some rural people had found her all alone in the jungle and that they had been taking care of her ever since. But we know the reality is that somebody must have killed her mother first to get to the baby.

She is still very small and needs lots of care, just like a human baby. At the moment she drinks lots of milk and sleeps a lot. I will keep you posted on how shes getting on.

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11 February 2010

JoJo and Jingo

JoJoVolunteer Paloma introduces JoJo and Jingo, two rescued orangutans at International Animal Rescue's emergency centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.

The oldest orangutan in the centre right now is JoJo who is about 11 or 12 years old.

After all his years in solitary confinement, he loves to play with the others through the bars of his enclosure. Every day he also has time dedicated to play with Jingo and some times they play with Nicky too in the central zone in the enclosure where they can be closer. JoJo has amazing penetrating eyes and he is very smart at getting the food out of the various enrichments.

JingoJingo is a very active male of about 5 years old.

He climbs right to the top of his enclosure, swings in the tyres, climbs in and out of the hammocks and plays a lot with the others too! He always wants to play!

1 February 2010

Meet Melky

Volunteer Paloma introduces Melky, a rescued orangutan at International Animal Rescue's transit centre in Ketapang, West Kalimantan.

Melky is a male of about 2 and a half years old. He arrived in April 2009, a bit later than Nicky.

A resident in Pontianak brought him in, saying he had found him alone on the side of the road. Probably somebody was selling him and he felt sorry for him, bought him and then brought him in to the centre.

Melky is the most active in the infant group. He loves to climb the trees at the centre and eat the fruit from them. He is the one who gets the others to play, chasing them and nipping them. He is very confident running, climbing and pursuing the others!