Background Story

Mawa was rescued from a local resident of North Kayong, West Kalimantan on November 5, 2022. Reports indicated that a local fisherman had found Mawa on October 31, 2022. The villager claimed he found the baby in an area being cleared by a forestry company, beside a pile of branches. Mawa was taken to the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. It was confirmed that Mawa was a male orangutan of about one year old, suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. He completed 8 weeks of quarantine during which he was nursed back to health.

Mawa Today

Mawa is lovingly cared for at IAR's Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Mawa will spend time in rehabilitation at the IAR center in order to learn all the skills he will need to survive in the wild. A baby orangutan would normally spend up to 8 years with his mother to learn forest skills. Since Mawa was separated from his mother, the IAR team has provided Mawa with the next best thing. Mawa has been placed with a surrogate orangutan, a lovely female named Temon. We are thrilled to see the two bonding well. It will be amazing to watch Mawa progress under the loving care of Temon!

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