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March 27, 2017
A few days ago, our PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse monitored two rehabilitated orangutans that were released last year; Angely and Bong. While the two females were not travelling together, the team were able to observe how they interacted when they came across one another in the forest.
The team first spotted Bong relaxing among lianas, and shortly after observed her eating a large amount of liana bark. It did not take long for her to realize she was being watched from a distance, and she quickly moved away once she became aware of the team’s presence.
Bong notices that humans are close by, and readies herself to leave
On her journey through the forest, Bong bumped into Angely, who was also eating bark. Bong approached Angely, who kiss-squeaked to voice her displeasure at Bong’s presence.
Angely eats barks
Paying little attention to Angely’s kiss-squeak, Bong refused to leave and stayed nearby to eat bark.
Bong and Angely
To avoid confrontation,the much younger Angely moved away, leaving Bong to savour the bark alone. In the afternoon, when Bonghad finished eating and was well-rested, she continued her journey deeper into Kehje Sewen Forest. The team tried to follow behind, but could not keep up with Bong’s speed as she movedthroughthe trees.
The roaring sound of thunder and the incoming, pouring rain finally ended the team’s day. We were glad to have caught up with Bong and Angely. Both females looked healthy, were seen eating plenty of natural food, and spent most of their time high up in the trees.
We hope Bong and Angely’s friends, who are still learning vital survival skills at Samboja Lestari’s Forest School, will soon enjoy the same #FREEDOM in the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Text by: PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse, Kehje Sewen Forest
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