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Elisa and Wardah Enjoying Life in Kehje Sewen  


Our PRM team from Camp Lesik, the northernmost camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest, recently managed to observe Elisa and Wardah. The two female orangutans were released in March on the very same day, and went on their separate ways to explore the dense Kehje Sewen Forest.

On the day of observation, we started tracking Elisa’s signal at around 8 a.m., but couldn’t locate her until around two hours later. We finally spotted her relaxing on a tree branch; but she quickly moved away after detecting our presence. We keep our distance, and continued to observe her through the trees.

Foto 1. Elisa by yosi

Elisa relaxes on a tree branch

Once she had settled again, Elisa stopped to eat some forest fruits. Then, all of a sudden, Wardah came out of nowhere and approached her. Feeling threatened by the much younger Wardah (19), Elisa (25) warned her with a kiss squeak; her hair also stood up on end. Noting the unfriendly response, Wardah moved away through the trees.

Foto 2. Wardah by larissa 2

Wardah moves off through trees

However, it appeared that Wardah was not actually trying to make contact with Elisa, rather, she had been attracted to the food available in the area. After gathering herself, Wardah calmly climbed down to pluck and eat some shoots on the ground, then climbed back up to rest, seemingly contented.

Foto 3. Wardah by syahrul

Wardah eats shoots

Foto 4. Wardah by selamet

Wardah rests

After a brief rest, Wardah moved off to continue exploring the forest: We couldn’t follow her, as we had our sights on Elisa, who was busily nourishing herself with forest fruits, bark, young leaves, and shoots. Elisa spent the majority of her time up in the trees, only climbing down to pick shoots, which she carried back up into the trees toeat high up on a branch.

Foto 5. Elisa by yoga

Elisa eats shoots up in a tree

Elisa started to build her night nest at around 4 p.m., and we waited until she was settled in for the night before heading back to Camp Lesik.

We were really grateful to see these two females thriving and adapting well to their new home. They both appear to be enjoying life in the Kehje Sewen Forest, which we hope will continue to be an orangutan haven.

Text by: PRM team in Camp Lesik, Kehje Sewen Forest

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