All in a days work at Orangutan Foundation

We are sad to say farewell to our vet Dr Fikri but we'd like to thank him for all his excellent hard work. Fortunately, Wawan, who already works for us, is a qualified vet and so he is on standby until we recruit a replacement. Wawan is normally based in the Orangutan Foundation office, in the town of Pangkalan Bun,  so last week he jumped at the chance to get out into the field. Here's a short update from him and you're in for a treat as he is a fantastic photographer!

A visit to Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve by Wawan

'I went to Camp Siswoyo with Pak Tigor (manager of Orangutan Rescue and Release programme) to see wounded orangutan named Pablo. Based on field staff's information he had fought in the jungle but no ones know whom with, whether other orangutan or another animal.

For several day before Pak Tigor already gave him medicines.  I think his wounds are already in process to recover and is going to cure so no worry with this. I advised the staff to keep the wound clean and on what treatment to give. Hopefully, in maybe one or two weeks, Pablo will be cured and could be free from the cage.

After seeing Pablo then I go Camp Gemini, our main camp, to see Aan in her new enclosure. Because Aan is blind she naturally seems worried when she hears someone approach.

I also saw female orangutan, Melon, and her child at Camp Gemini, who came to see what was happening.'

Thank you Wawan for the beautiful photos.

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Sumatran Orangutan Footage

Please follow this link to view a short piece on the Sumatran orangutans, with a focus on the Tripa Swamps, Aceh, Sumatra that appeared in,32187,1926657,00.html

Orangutan photos and thanks for the digital cameras!

Huge thanks to Rachel and Kees for donating and personally delivering two digital cameras and err...some fudge (very tasty!). The cameras are now being used in Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve by Dr Fikri, our vet and Mr Tigor, Manager of Orangutan Re-introduction Programme (see photos below of orangutan Lady Di and her infant). Donation of digital camera From left to right: Dr Fiqri (vet), Rees, Pak Uduk (helps to manage the orangutan release camps) and Rachel.  

Bornean female orangutan -Lady DiBornean female orangutan, Lady Di with bandaged arm.

Bornean Female orangutan with infant - on the mendA mother's love - Lady Di and her infant

Bornean female orangutan -just having had her bandaged removedLady Di with bandage removed from her arm -now fully recovered and roaming free



 p/s  lighting actually struck the office the other day, luckily we had our plugs pulled at that time. Terrible rainstorm which means less computer productivity but on the bright side it lessens the risk of forest fires.