Sepilok Update

Mariko

Beautiful Mariko, a 25 year old female, finally gave birth on Sunday 17 April.  Her previous baby Koko, who was born in 2015, had to be taken into the nursery to be raised as Mariko was not producing enough milk for her. The sex of her latest offspring is unknown at the moment, but Mariko has been seen with the baby at the Outdoor Nursery and both appear to be well. At present, mum and baby are being closely monitored by the rangers to ensure she is able to cope with feeding her new addition. Mariko is coming quite often to the feeding platform, but as yet we haven’t managed to get a good photo of the baby as it’s usually hidden by Mariko’s beautiful long auburn hair!

Boogie Boy

Boogie Boy 1

Boogie Boy, who is 5 and a 1/2 years old, has been growing up fast and is clearly influenced by the presence of the semi-wild orangutans. Recently he has become increasingly independent, and rather than come into the nursery to rest at night, he prefers to follow his new friends into the forest and often disappears for days on end. It has been wonderful to see his independence grow and his climbing skills develop so well. His new best friend seems to be Jonkey, a wild adult male that often visits the area, so he is clearly learning good skills first hand.

Ceria

Ceria has always been a regular visitor to the Outdoor Nursery, but recently it has been noticed that he’s been coming more than usual – and we can’t help but wonder if it is more than just the food that is of interest to him. In fact, it’s becoming noticeable that a relationship seems to be blossoming between him and Wulan. Ceria has always been our resident ‘delinquent’, and if there’s ever trouble you can guarantee that Ceria is in the midst of it. However, we’ve noticed that his behaviour around Wulan is definitely less aggressive, so she’s clearly having a good influence on him.

Clenan

Clenan

Clenan, a 19 year old female and her daughter Awantang, are often seen at the main feeding platform. Looking at this photograph it would seem that this caring Mum is sharing her papaya with her youngster, but what it doesn’t show, is that in fact, she was taking it from her hands so she could eat it herself! Oh well, when you have to look after a youngster who is learning how to climb and trying to become more independent, a Mum has to keep her strength up too!

Salemat

Salemat

Selamat’s hair is finally growing back. Maybe now visitors will stop referring to him as Gollum!. His friend Jaya died in March 2012, which caused Selamat to suffer from depression resulting in weight and hair loss. However, since January 2014, slowly but surely he has gained weight and his hair has grown back.

New Ropes

New Ropes

Nothing lasts forever, and the climbing ropes at the Outdoor Nursery needed replacing recently. The rangers moved in to take the old ones down and install new ones, but nothing can be done at Sepilok without a helping hand from the residents. Wulan kept a very close eye on

progress to make sure it was done properly, and Chikita and Gelison even tried to get involved – proving that many hands don’t always make light work.