OWI ESCAPE FROM FOREST SCHOOL

This is the development story of Owi the orangutan. Owi still a role model to Bonti and Happi the orangutans in the last 3 months. Owi the ‘Gang Boss’ recorded undergoing forest school as much as 36 times. The extreme weather that causes the school notes are not taken every day. The baby orangutans are still very frightened when they heard thunder and see lightning flashes.

Bringing Owi to the forest school always keeps animal keepers anxious. For several times Owi escaped during the forest school. This may be due to the location of the forest school which is indeed in controlled by Owi. Owi looks like to explore furher.

But… Bonti who always follow Owi wherever he goes, he held back Owi motion . Maybe that’s why, Owi run away. Tired of facing ‘follower’. In forest schools, the average height of the trees is 30 meters high. Owi usually climb up to the end of the tree. Maybe if the trees in the forest school reach to 100 meters, he will climb up to the tip too. What about the animal keeper watching him > Tucked in gratitude. Forgive us Owi. (Dhea_Orangufriends)

KABURNYA OWI DI SEKOLAH HUTAN
Ini adalah cerita perkembangan orangutan Owi. Owi masih menjadi panutan untuk orangutan Bonti dan Happi dalam 3 bulan terakhir ini. Owi si ‘Bos Geng’ tercatat menjalani sekolah hutan sebanyak 36 kali. Cuaca ekstrim yang menyebabkan catatan sekolah hutan tak setiap hari. Bayi-bayi orangutan ini ternyata masih sangat ketakutan saat mendengar halilintar maupun melihat kilat petir.

Membawa Owi ke sekolah hutan selalu saja membuat animal keeper was-was. Bagaimana tidak kawatir. Owi beberapa kali kabur saat sekolah hutan. Ini mungkin karena lokasi sekolah hutan yang memang sangat dikuasai Owi. Owi terlihat ingin menjelajah lebih jauh.

Tapi… Bonti yang selalu mengikuti Owi kemanapun dia pergi, membuat gerak Owi tidak leluasa. Mungkin itu juga sebabnya, Owi melarikan diri. Capek menghadapi ‘follower’. Di sekolah hutan, rata-rata ketinggian pohon 30 meter. Owi biasanya memanjat hingga ujung pohon. Mungkin kalau pohon-pohon di sekolah hutan mencapai 100 meter, dia akan memanjat sampai ujungnyanya juga. Bagaimana dengan para animal keeper yang mengawasinya? Terselip rasa syukur. Maafkan kami Owi. (WET)

BAMBOO CANE ENRICHMENT

When happi spends his time at the socialization enclosure, the animal keepers are making enrichment for him. These enrichment are to help the orangutans shows their natural instinct. Not only for making them busy, but also to avoid boredom and feeling stressed out being in a cage. Therefore, these bamboos-and-leaves-made enrichment are created for them.

Several kinds of Happi’s favorite fruits are inserted inside the bamboo cane. Guavas, papayas, bananas, and corns are diced, then put into the bamboo cane with a hole on the top of it, then sealed with leaves. And the keepers also add some honey to stimulates their sense of smell and taste bud so they are more excited when opening the bamboo cane.

In the end, Happi needed a quite long time opening the cane. He even asked for our help opening this bamboo enrichment. Perhaps he begins to feel desperate. Happi is in the same enclosure with Owi, Bonti and Pingpong, and they are started to work together. They take turns to smash the bamboo cane, working through the hole, extended their finger and mouth to reach the fruits inside until they finally get the prize.

Would you like to be his adopter? Find this link to adopting him https://www.orangutan.org.au/adoption/adopt/happi/?referrer_source=COP

CAN CHINESE ALSO SAVE ORANGUTAN? (CHINESE VOLUNTEERS 3)

Nowadays, orangutans are not known by many Chinese people. Opposite to popularity of orangutans in China, palm oil is widely used in China.

In the past five months, Indonesian total palm oil production is 151,100,000 tons. Compare to last year, 2016, this production increased thirty-five percent. During those years, Indonesia produce more and more palm oil. Also, as one of the biggest importing country, China is going to import around 5,600,000 tons of palm oil this year. This is about one third of Indonesian palm oil production in the first half year of 2017. And this number also increases every year.

What’s more, China takes part in producing palm oil as well. In China, there are several international palm oil companies, such as Ju Long. In Indonesia, many Singapore and Malaysian palm oil companies’ major shareholders are ethnic Chinese as well. This means, China is not only the main consumer but also one of the primary players of palm oil business in the world and it is unconsciously influencing and damaging orangutans.

In China, we have pop stars, like Jackie Chan, broadcast about the importance of protecting wild animals and advocate people not to buy animal products. However, although they indeed call for guarding wildlife, such as tigers, sharks and so on, they pay little attention to orangutans. Before I became a member of this volunteer work, I had never heard of orangutans, so do people surround me. From the other hand, this may be a good thing because Chinese people can start from origin point to involving themselves into orangutan protection. According to former examples, public advocate is one of the most useful ways. Since Jackie Chan said, ‘No trade will bring no kill. Please do not buy any tiger products.’, the number of tiger products trade has begun to decrease. In the same way, the prospect of orangutan protection in China is very optimistic.

We, our group of six, plan to cooperate with COP members. Since orangutans are not well-known in China, we decide to use our videos which are made of resources we collected in Indonesia to advocate and hold a crowdfunding in Shanghai after we go back. The money we find will be donated to COP to support their assistance of orangutans. Also, through our crowdfunding and speech, we wish the publicity of orangutans in China can be set up.

I am not sure how much help could we bring, but maybe our participation is just the beginning of more Chinese being more involved in orangutan conservation. And that would mean something subtle but significant. (Zi Chen, Jiawei Yang_Orangufriends)

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