Our orangutans on Borneo
Bayat in action
Lia was only about six months old when she arrived at the sanctuary in September 2008. Before then she had lived for about four months in captivity and it's a miracle she survived. Lia has become a self-confident girl and versed climber.
A warm thank-you to Lia's foster parents!
Cabang was given to Biruté Galdikas in October 2002 by a fisherman with whom she had lived for three months. At the time she was about a year old. Nothing is known about her mother. Cabang is very curious and playful, but also very careful. She enjoys the regular trips to the jungle and climbing the trees. In addition she is very affectionate and always wants to be cuddled.
A warm thank-you to Cabang's foster parents!
Little Safitri arrived at the sanctuary in February 2009 at approximately the age of six month, after living in a private household for about three weeks. It is assumed that her mother was killed in an oil palm plantation.
A warm thank-you to Safitri's foster parents!
Saddam was confiscated when he was about two years old by the Forestry Ministry in April 2008 in Palangkaraya. Although he has adapted well to the sanctuary, he does not eat enough to gain weight. He therefore receives special care and food – and we keep our fingers.
A warm thank-you to Saddam's foster parents!
Berman arrived at the sanctuary in 2003 after being confiscated in a private household in Jakarta. She is a very gentle, calm and trusting orangutan. She loves to snuggle and approaches life with a relaxed attitude. She is also very attentive and curious.
Jill arrived in Pasir Panjang in August 2005 at the age of about two years and six months. Before that he had lived in a private household for six months and was given to the sanctuary because his left arm was broken. Jill quickly recovered and today is a well-tempered, smart and agile youngster who loves playing and climbing and has a good appetite.
Golong was brought to the Care Centre in April 2008 by workers of a palm oil plantation who claimed not to know what had happened to his mother. He was about 18 months old then and had been held in captivity for about three months. As you can see, Golong is has developed into a strong young male. At the same time he is friendly and somewhat shy.
A warm thank-you to Golong's foster parents!
Montana has been living in the sanctuary since April 1996. His mother was shot and eaten. On his arrival he was frightened and traumatized. Bullets were found in his body and it is thought that he was wounded when his mother was killed. He probably also fell with her from a tree, because the right side of his body was crippled and partly paralyzed. Additionally he is blind in the left eye. More...
A warm thank-you to Montana's foster parents!
Piko's mother was killed by logging company workers and he was kept as a pet for two months before being brought to the Care Centre in September 2008. At the time he was about nine months old. Piko is still somewhat anxious, but he enjoys the excursions into the practice forest.
A warm thank-you to Piko's foster parents!
Little Dodot was brought to the Care Centre in 2009 at about two years of age. She had been confiscated and was very malnourished. Within six months she gained six kilos! Dodot is a very active orangutan but at the same time cautious and doesn't trust all humans.
A warm thank-you to Dodots's foster parents!
Alfred was confiscated from a private household by the police in November 2008, after being kept as a pet for a week. He was only three months old at the time. Since then he has settled in well and very much enjoys playing with his companions.
A warm thank-you to Alfred's foster parents!
Bayat was brought to the sanctuary because she was causing the people keeping her too much trouble ... She still was a baby then. Due to her lively and warm personality she has many friends amongst orangutans and keepers..
A warm thank-you to Bayat's foster parents!
Kongo arrived at the sanctuary in May 2004 at about the age of four after being confiscated by the Forestry Ministry in Western Borneo. At the time he was in a very bad state, had a fever, and was in need of medical care. Since then he has grown and has become very lively. He is intelligent and playful and has become an adolescent who sometimes gets into mischief with the other orangutans. But he is still nice and lovable.
A warm thank-you to Kongo's foster parents!
Boncel came to the sanctuary in 1999 at the age of about three years. He had been a young girl’s pet in a private household for two years and was then found in a small cage close to a road. Since then Boncel has developed into an adolescent and gets on very well with other orangutans.
Boncel has been successfully released into the wild in 2018!
Due to his curiosity and excellent climbing skills Boncel is doing very well in the forest. We thank Boncel’s foster parents who supported him over the years and thus made his return to the wild possible.
Patricia was born around the year 2002. She was brought to the Care Centre by her "owner", because she was often ill and wasn't eating properly. She arrived in a deplorable state; she had wounds around her neck caused by a chain. Fortunately, she recovered well and gained weight. She is a healthy young orangutan-lady now.
Patricia has been successfully released into the wild in 2018!
Patricia was released with another orangutan and she is doing exceptionally well in the wild. She enjoys climbing and building nests in the tree canopy. Our heartfelt thanks go to Patricia's foster parents for their support!
Diva was already about four years old when she was brought to the sanctuary in March 2005. She was found alone in the forest. Nothing is known about her mother.
Diva has been successfully released into the wild in 2010!
She is doing exceptionally well, enjoys climbing and building nests in the tree canopy and is seen only rarely at a feeding platform for supplementary food. Our heartfelt thanks go to Diva's foster parents for their support!
Harry arrived at the sanctuary in 2005. He had been kept as a pet in a private household on Borneo.
Harry has been successfully released into the wild in 2017!
Due to his curiosity and excellent climbing skills Harry is doing very well in the forest. We thank all donors who supported him over the years and thus made his return to the wild possible.
Kristen was confiscated in a brothel in August 1996 at about the age of 7. Since then she has been reintroduced into the forest twice but both times returned. She builds her nests on the ground and prefers to be fed. A reintroduction therefore is problematic. Kristen is not only beautiful but also highly intelligent and again and again astounds her caretakers.
Kristen has been successfully released into the wild in 2011!
Andi was brought to the sanctuary in March 2006 at about two years of age. A policeman had found him in a palm oil plantation.
Andi has been successfully released into the wild in 2009!
Of course he wasn't released on his own - he would be too young for that - but together with Sawit, an adult female orangutan who adopted him in the Care Centre. So now he's enjoying his new life of freedom. Our heartfelt thanks go to Andi's foster parents for their support!