BOS Nyaru Menteng: Rachel and Alejandra’s First Days in Nursery Group

January 22, 2018 — The newest members of the Nyaru Menteng Nursery Group, Alejandra and Rachel, have been thoroughly examined at the medical clinic and are now being cared for in the quarantine section of the Baby House. (Read about their rescue here.) In this new environment, Alejandra and Rachel have space to explore, trees to climb, and a variety of enrichment to engage with. Here they can play and be active, which is especially beneficial for Rachel, who is the older of the two.


Rachel and Alejandra, accompanied by their vets and babysitters, move into the Baby House

Rachel and Alejandra in the Baby House

Rachel is surprisingly good at climbing for her age, and happy to climb up several meters from the ground. However, she seems to become uneasy if her babysitter leaves her side. If a babysitter looks away or moves to get something, Rachel will quickly follow her. This is normal, because in the wild, orangutans Rachel’s age will not stray too far from their mothers.

Meanwhile, Alejandra, who at less than 12 months old is much younger than Rachel, has begun to sit on her own. Much to our relief, Alejandra seems comfortable in her new surroundings. She is quite friendly toward the vets and babysitters, and she is content to play alone at times.

The constant stream of baby orangutans coming to the rehabilitation centers clearly indicates that the laws put in place to protect natural resources and prohibit wildlife ownership and captivity, are poorly enforced in Indonesia. If we do not stop deforestation now, these magnificent creatures will disappear before our very eyes. Orangutans play an instrumental role in maintaining the quality of the forests they live in: We all need forests to provide us with clean air and water, and to help regulate the climate, therefore, we must do everything we can to protect orangutans.

Text by: BOS Foundation Communications Team

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