The Sepilok Blog - Rehabilitation Success and another new arrival at Forest School

Yokmal Looking

Large wild male, Yokmal has been spending a lot of time at the centre recently and seems to have his eye on some of the centre’s females. The younger orangutans are becoming more used to his presence now and are less fearful of him. Bidu-Bidu who used to be very scared of Yokmal has surprisingly been seen swinging about quite close to him and little Alagu who is always very brave has even been seen happily touching Yokmal’s face and cheek pads. It seems as though he is a gentle giant around the young orphans.

Alagu In The Rain

Despite being very fearless and brave, there is one thing which Alagu just cannot stand – the rain! There has been a lot of rain at Sepilok recently and Alagu seems to have a ‘rain spot’ where she goes every time there is a downpour. This is at the top of the tallest, most exposed and wettest pole in the nursery area! Whilst the other youngsters huddle under the sheltered platforms she will cling to this particular pole looking very wet and grumpy. This little orphan still has lots to learn!

Baby Sepilok

Another young orphan has now been moved up to the outdoor nursery and his next stage of forest school. His name is Sepilok and he is very sweet and excitable. He has been enjoying the jungle gym and older orphan Beryl is quite literally showing him the ropes. She is always very kind and maternal with the younger orangutans. She seems to enjoy taking them under her wing. It is great to see the centre’s buddy scheme in action like this as the older orphans transfer their skills to the younger ones in place of the mother which they have lost.


Another youngster in the outdoor nursery who is quite a character is Goman. He has an interesting habit of standing upright on two feet like a human and when he is in that position with his arms crossed he looks like a little old man which is rather comical. It is thought that this behaviour may have been developed after watching the human rangers and picking up on their body language.

Female Wulan and male Kalabatu have become inseparable lately and seem to have developed a close relationship. They are Sepilok’s latest couple! Wulan seems to be having a calming effect on Kalabatu who can be rather a mischevious young male at times.

The biggest news is that youngsters Gelison and Peanut have now graduated from Forest school! They were ready and confident to live independently after years of care and rehabilitation at Sepilok. It’s great that they are now living independently and a testament to the wonderful work being carried out at Sepilok.

Read more about Gelison's release here

Read more about Peanut's return to the wild here