BOS Nyaru Menteng: New Forest School Students are Making Progress

Paulinus and Bravis

Date Posted: September 8, 2021
Text by: BOSF Communication Team in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan

It is always interesting to take a look at the progress young orangutans make along their rehabilitation journey at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. This time, let’s find out what Paulinus, Christina, and Monita, the newest members of Forest School Group 3, have been up to since the end of May.


Since joining Group 3, this 3-year-old male has adjusted well and actively plays in the trees during the day. Paulinus socialises well with other orangutans and enjoys playing with new friends like Bumi, Zahri, Oka, and Bravis. He loves to wrestle and challenge Bravis, who is much bigger than him.


When she first joined Group 3, 7-year-old Christina seemed hesitant to interact with other orangutans. She tended to shy away and avoid her peers, despite being larger than most of them. One day, a wild female orangutan named Tuty showed up and interacted with the other orangutans in Group 3, except for Christina, who seemed to be terrified by her presence. Tuty’s presence was not unusual, as we sometimes encounter wild orangutans in Nyaru Menteng, due to its proximity to a nearby forest.

Christina has since grown comfortable with her peers and no longer shows signs of being shy or feeling intimidated by other orangutans. She loves to play with Monita in particular.


This 3-year-old female was a little timid when she first joined Group 3, but with the presence of friends, Alejandra and Topan, she soon found her confidence. She played with them in the tall trees and learned how to build stronger nests. Now, she has started learning new survival skills from observing her fellow forest school students.

Keep on learning new skills and building up your confidence, you promising pupils!

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