Mona and Aming when moved to Tembak forest school

On the 12th of October, Mona and Aming were transferred from the Jerora Forest School to the forest school in Tembak. This is only temporary, intended to lift the burden from the Jerora Forest School until the second forest enclosure will be ready.

As Mona and Aming are very attached to each other, it took some effort to place them in separate transportation cages. They get really upset when they loose sight of each other. However, they quickly seemed to settle once arrived in Tembak and they were very happy to see Moni and Viko again, who they still knew from when they shared the large baby enclosure in the Sintang rescue center.

In the mornings, the four of them like to roam through the canopy, when the forest is still relatively cool. In the afternoon, after feeding time and when the forest is steaming in the sweltering sun, they tend play on the forest floor, close to the night enclosures: they feel it’s too hot to climb trees.

Fortunately, they seem to feel more comfortable in Tembak now. Although they haven’t built a nest by their own yet, they do renovate and sleep in old nests built by other orangutans.

Mona playing with Aming and Vicko in forest school

Mona has very good survival skills. Spending time with her can be very educational for Aming and Moni . It even might be the reason for them to hang out with her in the first place to learn more survival skills. When they are between 5 and 8 years old, wild orangutans become more and more independent from their mother and often join loose peer groups. By participating in these groups, they enter a second stage of education. They now not only learn from their mother, but from peers as well. As each of them has been brought up in a unique way, their knowledge, skills and experiences differ. These differences teach them that there is more than one way to solve a problem.