Our PRM team recently set out from Camp Nles Mamse early in the morning to conduct observations on several released orangutans, including Angely. After walking along the river and following transects, the team eventually found her sitting in the top of a tree, and were surprised to discover that she was not alone. She was with Leonie!
The team first spotted Angely slowly moving around lianas, with Leonie following close behind. After travelling through several trees, Angely stopped for a rest. Leonie caught up and sat next to her. It was amazing to witness the closeness between the two and they even had a hug! They conducted their activities together, and took time out to give each other a scratch on the back.
Shortly after this encounter, the two moved away through the forest to forage. Angely stopped every now and then along the way to grab some shoots; but Leonie kept bustling her along, as if she wanted to maintain momentum. Leonie, who was released to the Kehje Sewen Forest a few months before Angely, seemed to have knowledge of certain areas of the forest abundant in natural foods.
Angely continue exploring the forest
Finally, in an area a few kilometers away from the initial point of our observations, Leonie started to slow down. It appeared she had reached her intended destination – an area rich in natural food sources – and happily began to forage. Clever girl! Angely continued to explore the forest and also forage, but didn’t roam too far away from her friend.
It was great to see Angely and Leonie thriving and supporting each other in the forest. We can’t wait to catch up with them again!
Text by: PRM team in Nles Mamse Camp, Kehje Sewen Forest
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