UNTUNG SURVIVES IN HIS HABITAT

Fruit season is the best time to release orangutan to its habitat. However, it does not last forever. The season will also end and change. When it ends it will be a difficult time for the released orangutans.

Untung and Unyil are rehabilitated orangutans that released back to their habitat. We are quite satisfied with the release point in early April 2019. Trees around the release point were bearing fruit and abundant food. As natural food gets fewer, Untung and Unyil are seen moving to explore the forest which is a new habitat for both.

“Both orangutans are seen eating young leaves, tree cambium and occasional ant nests.”, Said Reza Kurniawan, primate expert at the Center for Orangutan Protection. Found in separate places, both Untung and Unyil frequently drink in the creek. Untung was also seen eating young flowers and leaves around the creek. “We call it water apple,” said Yosep Wan, the ranger who filled the orangutan feed data. The trees are not high and the flowers are abundant, making Untung liked to spend a long time in the river. Untung ate it heartily, the flowers he chewed sounded so delicious.

Only around 4 pm, the team lost track of Untung again. Untung ran away from the rangers because he avoided bees that attacked him. He grabbed a tree branch quickly and moved from one tree to another, until the team could no longer see him. (EBO)

UNTUNG BERTAHAN HIDUP DI HABITAT BARUNYA

Musim buah adalah masa yang paling tepat untuk melepasliarkan orangutan rehabilitasi. Namun, itu tidak bisa berlangsung sepanjang waktu. Musim buah juga akan berhenti dan berganti. Saat itu akan menjadi masa yang sulit bagi orangutan rehabilitasi.

Untung dan Unyil adalah orangutan rehabilitasi yang dilepasliarkan kembali ke habitatnya, cukup puas dengan titik pelepasliaran di awal April 2019. Pohon-pohon di sekitar titik pelepasliaran sedang berbuah dan makanan melimpah. Seiring semakin menipisnya pakan alami, Untung dan Unyil terlihat bergerak menjelajah hutan yang merupakan habitat baru untuk keduanya. 

“Kedua orangutan terlihat makan daun muda, kambium pohon dan sesekali sarang semut.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, ahli primata Centre for Orangutan Protection. Ditemukan dalam tempat terpisah, baik Untung maupun Unyil memperbanyak minum di anak sungai. Untung juga tercatat makan bunga dan daun-daun muda di sekitaran anak sungai. “Kalau kami menyebutnya jambu air.”, kata Yosep Wan, ranger yang mengisi data pakan orangutan. Pohonnya yang tidak tinggi dan bunganya yang melimpah membuat Untung betah berlama-lama di sungai. Saking lahapnya Untung makan, bunga yang dikunyahnya terdengar begitu lezat.

Baru sekitar pukul 16.00 WITA, tim kehilangan jejak Untung lagi. Untung berlari menjauhi ranger karena menghindari kawanan lebah yang telah menyerangnya. Ia meraih ranting pohon dengan cepatnya dan berpindah dari satu pohon ke pohon yang lainnya, sampai tim tak lagi bisa melihat batang hidungnya. (WID)

ALOUISE TOOK REFUGE IN SEPTI

Alouise took part in a forest school class several times. But repeatedly, his behavior made other orangutans avoid him. Such as not wanting to let Annie out of his arms, pulling bigger orangutans until finally no orangutans would want to get close to him. What makes it more difficult is this exclusion made Alouise choose to play alone and stay alone at the forest school location.

His small body and very high climbing ability really made it difficult for animal keepers at the COP Borneo forest school. Alouise seemed to disappear in the thick of the forest school. “If he doesn’t move, we don’t know of his whereabouts,” Jevri said.

After weeks full of drama Alouise did not have friends and stayed at the jungle school finally Alouise could make us breathe a sigh of relief. “We tried to introduce Alouise to Septi, a female orangutan who had been a sister to Popi. Small orangutans do need a protective figure. As the body and age get stronger, he will be more independent later.”, said Reza Kurniawan, the primatologist of orangutans.

Septi accepts and looks after Alouise. “This has been going on for almost 2 weeks, I just saw it once, Alouise played alone, and even then it didn’t last long. When I approached Alouise, he immediately went to Septi, “Jevri said again.

Like mother and baby orangutan, in the wild, children will not play away from their mothers. When there is danger approaching, the orangutan will run to his mother. Like a human child too, who always looks for his mother when she starts feeling alone. Alouise took refuge in Septi. (EBO)

ALOUISE BERLINDUNG PADA SEPTI

Beberapa kali Alouise mengikuti kelas sekolah hutan. Tapi berulang kali, tingkahnya membuat orangutan lainnya menghindar darinya. Mulai dari tak mau melepas Annie dari pelukannya, menarik orangutan yang lebih besar darinya hingga akhirnya tak satupun orangutan mau berdekatan dengannya. Lebih menyulitkan lagi pengucilan ini membuat Alouise memilih bermain sendiri dan menginap sendiri di lokasi sekolah hutan.

Tubuh nya yang kecil dan kemampuan memanjatnya yang sangat tinggi benar-benar menyulitkan para animal keeper di sekolah hutan COP Borneo. Alouise seperti menghilang di lebatnya sekolah hutan. “Jika dia tidak bergerak, ya kita tidak mengetahui keberadaannya.”, ujar Jevri.

Setelah minggu-minggu penuh drama Alouise tidak punya teman dan menginap di sekolah hutan akhirnya Alouise bisa membuat kami bernafas lega. “Kami mencoba mengenalkan Alouise pada Septi, orangutan betina yang pernah menjadi kakak untuk Popi. Orangutan kecil memang membutuhkan sosok pelindung. Seiring usia dan tubuhnya yang semakin kuat, dia akan lebih mandiri nantinya.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, primatologis orangutan.

Septi pun menerima dan terlihat menjaga Alouise. “Ini sudah berlangsung hampir 2 minggu, saya baru melihat sekali, Alouise bermain sendiri, itupun tidak berlangsung lama. Ketika saya mendekati Alouise, dia langsung beranjak ke badan Septi.”, ujar Jevri lagi. 

Seperti induk dan anak orangutan yang di alam liar, anak tidak akan bermain jauh-jauh dari ibunya. Ketika ada bahaya mendekat, anak orangutan akan berlari ke ibunya. Seperti anak manusia juga, yang selalu mencari ibunya saat mulai merasa sendirian. Alouise berlindung pada Septi. (WET)

APE GUARDIANS RAN FRANTICALLY

Monitoring or observing orangutan activities after the release of Untung and Unyil this time, really made the team almost gave up. These two orangutans have made the monitoring team run in chaos. We call this team the APE Guardian team.

When the release, APE Guardian team for Untung first informed us that Untung’s cage had been opened. Only 420 meters away, the APE Guardian for Unyil team gave a signal, Unyil’s cage was ready to be opened. As predicted earlier, both Untung and Unyil ran towards the tree and climbed it. But not long after that, Untung climbed down and began chasing. As soon as possible, the monitoring team and even the transporting cage carriers ran away from Untung.

“It’s normal for orangutans who have undergone the rehabilitation process to still follow humans. They only need to go through adaptation again in a new environment, where humans are no longer friends, but something they must avoid. “, Said Reza Kurniawan, a primatologist at the Center for Orangutan Protection.

The APE Guardian team worked hard to avoid Untung and Unyil. Including jumping into a creek with depths of more than 1 meter. Of course they hoped that these two orangutans would be reluctant to chase. “Damn, they are not afraid of water,” said Yusak, one of the rangers.

Already soaked in the creek, still we have to run because of being chased by orangutans. The sky began to darken, Untung and Unyil seemed tired of playing chases. Unyil climbed into the tree and soon no visible movement from him, but Untung was still playing on the ground even though he was no longer chasing. “Monitoring these two orangutans is really physical draining.” (EBO)

APE GUARDIAN LARI KALANG KABUT

Monitoring atau kegiatan memantau orangutan setelah pelepasliaran orangutan Untung dan Unyil kali ini, benar-benar membuat tim nyaris angkat tangan. Kedua orangutan ini membuat tim patroli kalang kabut berlarian. Kami menyebut tim ini sebagai tim APE Guardian.

Tim APE Guardian orangutan Untung terlebih dahulu menginformasikan, kandang Untung telah dibuka. Hanya berjarak 420 meter, tim APE Guardian orangutan Unyil memberi aba-aba, kandang Unyil siap dibuka. Seperti prediksi sebelumnya, baik Untung maupun Unyil berlari menuju pohon dan memanjatnya. Tapi tak berapa lama kemudian, Untung turun dan mulai mengejar. Secepatnya, tim monitoring bahkan tukang pikul kandang angkut lari terbirit-birit untuk menghindari kejaran Untung.

“Ini hal yang biasa bagi individu orangutan yang telah menjalani proses rehabilitasi masih terlihat mengikuti manusia. Mereka hanya perlu melalui adaptasi lagi di lingkungan yang baru, dimana manusia bukanlah teman lagi, tapi adalah sesuatu yang harus dihindarinya.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, primatologis Centre for Orangutan Protection. 

Tim APE Guardian bekerja keras untuk mengurangi intesitas kejaran Untung maupun Unyil. Salah satunya dengan menyeburkan diri di anak sungai yang kedalamannya lebih dari 1 meter. Tentu saja harapannya agar kedua orangutan rehabilitasi ini enggan mengejar. “Sial, mereka tidak takut air.”, ujar Yusak salah satu ranger.

Sudah basah kuyup karena monitoring orangutan sambil berendam di anak sungai masih saja harus berlari karena dikejar orangutan. Langit mulai gelap, Untung dan Unyil namaknya sudah bosan bermain kejar-kejaran. Unyil naik ke pohon dan mulai tidak ada pergerakan, namun Untung masih bermain di tanah meski tak lagi mengejar. “Monitoring kedua orangutan ini sungguh menguras fisik.”. (WID)

 

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