It was 5 a.m., and the PRM team should have already left on its mission that day to locate orangutans in their nests. However, it was still raining from the night before, and knowing thatorangutans do not rise and start the day in wet weather, the team waited until 7 a.m. before heading out in search of transmitter signals. On that particular day, the team had planned to observe Justin (male) and Reckie (female), who were both released in April this year.
Upon locating Justin and Reckie that morning, both were spotted still relaxing in their nests and had not risen for the day, as expected.
Justin and Reckie had been seen together two days earlier, with Justin following Reckie wherever she ventured. Both moved through the trees together, ate in the same tree, and scratched each other’s backs.
Reckie was seen occasionally stealing food from Justin, who didn’t object. Perhaps Justin was hoping for a returned favour; for we saw him approach Reckie in a sexual manner several times,only to meet her refusal. Justin and Reckie were once spotted resting together in the same tree, without engaging in sexual activity. Perhaps Reckie just want to take it slow?
Justin and Reckie ate a wide varietyof forest food together, including bark, fruit, and young leaves. They also climbed down to the forest floor to forage for shoots and termites.
As usual, that afternoon, Justin started building his night nest earlier than Reckie, with both positioning their nests in close proximity to each other (about 10-20 meters apart).
Both Justin and Reckie were in sound health and foraging well, while maintaining a good balancein activities post-release in the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Keep thriving, Justin and Reckie!
Text by: PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse, Kehje Sewen Forest
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