orangutans

Rafli: King of Kehje Sewen

During a recent early morning patrol, our Kehje Sewen Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team happened upon Rafli in the forest. The team followed Rafli – the 49th orangutan released to the Kehje Sewen Forest – and began to observe him. Rafli soon realized the PRM team’s presence, and promptly emitted three loud kiss-squeaks to show his displeasure at being watched over. The PRM team decided to give Rafli space, and observed him from a further distance.

Rafli in the Kehje Sewen Forest

 Ficus tree; natural orangutan food in the Kehje Sewen Forest, and Rafli’s favourite!

A year after his release, Rafli has become a dominate figure in the Kehje Sewen. His roaming area is very wide, reaching 3.5 km. The PRM team often hears Rafli’s long calls when they are undertaking monitoring duties in the forest, indicating that Rafli is marking his territory to other orangutans, as well as trying to attract female orangutans.

An avid explorer, Rafli has been observed in good health, and has become a wonderful forager. His favourite food source is the ficus tree. He likes all parts of the ficus tree, including young leaves, the fruit, and even its bark. Rafli also likes to eat Etlingera shoots (of the Zingiberaceae family).

We are delighted to see Rafli adapting well to life in the Kehje Sewen Forest. Well done, Rafli!

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

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