Poogle blog first edition "Hello"

"Hello my name is Poogle".....

I arrived at the centre on 28/02/2007. I was three years old.

I was rescued from a plantation in Lahud Datu. My name came about from the workers as they named me after the boss of the plantation.
I have been out in the Kabili reserve for some time now and I like it very much.

I LOVE bamboo so I often go and sit in the bamboo trees by reception to eat the juicy new shoots.  This gives me a great view of the tourists and what they are up to.  Many of them try and take photos of me.  I am not surprised as I am one of the more attractive orang-utans!

I love to try and charm the volunteers into giving me some bread, I will wait looking at them with my big brown eyes and come just close enough to snatch the bread out of their hands and then run back up the tree.  I’m not silly!

My favourite ranger is called Rosalie and I will squeak every time I see him. 

I just wanted to introduce myself as I will be popping back every week to let you know what I have been up to.
I'm off to go and build a nest now up high in a tree and bed down for the night.  I have to build a new one every time I want to go to bed.  I better get to it as the light is starting to fade.
Take care and I’ll speak to you next week.

Poogle fact of the week (1) Did you know that orangutans like me mainly eat fruit, leaves and other parts of plants.  I like to peel the fruit before i eat it just like you humans do.


Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a good week?

I have had quite an exciting time.  As you know, I love sitting in the bamboo and watching the tourists, but recently I have been observing them even closer. 

I like to watch them have lunch and see what they are eating, and I sometimes sneak down and take a closer look…..one day some tourists had left their lunch on a table and I snuck down and helped myself!  This was not a good idea as I had an upset tummy after that I also nearly got caught by one of the rangers as I should not really be interacting with the tourists as it is not good for me.  I should only be eating things that are naturally found in the forest.  I’m not sure crisps and cake grow naturally round hear?!

I have now decided to go on a little adventure into the forest.  I think some of my friends are out there too so it would be good to catch up with them.  I spend most of my time foraging for food and I think it would be good to try and find some more goodies in the forest.  I do like a nice fresh durian but I don’t think it is the right time of year for those!
Right, best be off, lots to do and see! Take care and speak to you next week

Poogle fact (2)
Orangutans are known to eat over four-hundred different food types.  These are not all available at the same time, or in the same area so orangutans have to spend most of their day looking for food.  This is why orangutans need large areas to live in to make sure there is enough food to go around.

Hi Everyone! How have you been?
I have had some fantastic adventures out in the forest.  There is so much to see and do out here.  I love swinging through the trees as fast as I can and trying to keep up with the other larger Orangutans. 

I decided to go and visit outdoor nursery the other day and I bumped into a face I have not seen for a while……Bella!  She is so beautiful and fun, she loves swinging fast through the trees like me and has the cutest round belly.

We have been staying close to each other and flirting a little, I have made her late for dinner a few times as we were playing for ages up in the trees.  I hope to come and visit her again soon as I love spending time with her.

I also went and visited the younger babies in the clinic; I like to sit and watch them and see what they are up to.  If I behave myself then Amoiy, she is a career at the centre, sometimes gives me a banana.

I am very excited as there is so much going on out at Sepilok and there are lots of people around building new things. Tobey one of the other Orangutans quite often goes and visits the contractors and pinches their tools, which is very naughty of him!

Poogle fact (3)
Did you know that Orangutans can find water in all sorts of places?  As it rains in the rain forest almost every day the water will form pools in holes in trees.  This means that when they are thirsty, the Orangutans can just scoop the water from the crevices.

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all having a great summer wherever you are?

It is very hot and humid in the rainforest and is often raining; it’s quite hard to keep dry some days.  I sometimes like to copy the older Orangutans and make a canopy out of leaves to cover myself.  Lots of tourists seem to do this also but with brightly coloured domes that just pop up!

One of my favourite things to do at the moment is to wait in the trees close to the boardwalk until the end of feeding time and then escort the few remaining tourists out.  This makes me feel like I am in control and I like to lead them back out to where they came from.  I would usually swing through the trees but I have started to walk along the railings; this is a real test of my balance!!

I don’t like it if the tourists get too close to me as I hate being touched and plus I don’t know if they may have a cold or something and I don’t want to catch that!

Poogle fact (4)
A male Orangutan can be very loud and noisy, giving out a loud roar.  This is called a long call and the mature adult males do this by puffing up their neck pouch to produce an impressive sound.  They do this to warn off other males.

I have had a really fun week. I went and saw Ceria and Sen and they are having a great time, they showed me some of their favourite places to build nests and swing through the trees.  They are such good friends.

I have also been spending some time up at the outdoor nursery seeing how some of the juvenile orangutans are getting on.  Bella is doing amazingly well and is spending lots of time up in the trees. They have a new swing pole up at the nursery now and Matimus seems to enjoy swinging off it onto the rope system practicing her agility skills. I had a go when they had all gone in for their dinner and I have to say it is quite like swinging on a branch!

When I visited the feeding platform I noticed that there was a large wild male that I had not seen before so I kept my distance.  He seemed to be very friendly towards Mimi and her baby but I thought I would hold back until he had gone.  I then helped myself to a big handful of green beans, which were very tasty.
I’m not sure how many of you are following me but if you want to send me a message please feel free I would love to hear from you x

Poogle fact (5)
Did you know that an adult male orangutan can weigh up to 113kg and stand up to 1.5m tall!  They are four times as strong as a human and very powerful. The adult males reach maturity between 20 and 25 years old.

Hi all,
Well it has been another exciting week here at Sepilok.  I have managed to spend a lot of time with my younger friends and I think I have managed to teach them a thing or two about nest building.  Unfortunately, Bella likes to rush hers, which often leads to them not being strong enough! Not that I am saying she is heavy, just that her nest sometimes lacks the stability needed and she has been known to fall out of them.

Other than that, I have noticed that there were  a lot of people coming in lately and there was a lot of hustle and bustle on the platform, I kept my distance as all that noise is very off putting when a chap is trying to eat! 

Mimi’s baby is getting a lot stronger now and it is nice to see that it tries to eat the fruits that are put out on the feeding platform.  You don’t want to get too close though, as Mimi is a very protective mum, Ringo found that out the hard way!
I am discovering that the forest is so much bigger than I thought. I am going out further and further each time I go exploring and enjoy experiencing the sights, sounds and smells.

Poogle fact (6)
Orangutans have large bodies that are covered in long, red-brown hair.
They have large strong arms which allows them to swing from tree to tree.