2011 Orangutans: from solitaire to social creatures

MALAYSIA-ENVIRONMENT-WILDLIFE-ORANGUTAN Orangutans live a more solitary lifestyle than the other great apes. There is no social bonding other than between mothers and their dependent and weaned offspring. Adult males and independent adolescents of both sexes tend to live alone.
Orangutan Island Equal MoneyNot on Orangutan Island in Borneo though. This is the home of many orphaned Orangutan youngsters – re-introduced in the wild by Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, led by Lone Droscher-Nielsen and her team.
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Due to illegal logging the Bornean orangutans' last stronghold in the wild is rapidly destroyed  —  leaving hundreds of orangutan babies orphaned and homeless.
Several of these orphaned orangutan babies are taken in by Lone Droscher-Nielsen and attend the Orangutan School and get a real life education in how to be an orangutan. When done with the first phase of learning they are transferred to live wild on a protected island: Orangutan Island. They do no longer interact with humans – apart from once a day being provided with food.
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The youngsters live in a group and interact and show they are social creatures instead of solitaires because they have a constant food supply. When there is enough food these assumed to be solitaire living creatures by nature, start to form bonds, befriend, support and groom each other, quarrel and make up again = become social creatures.
food in abundance - Equal MoneySo when ‘survival’ is taken out of the equation by a constant food supply with enough food for every individual orangutan their ‘natural’ behavior changes: from solitaire living to social creatures. What is ‘natural’ behavior then if it is initiated by lack of food and stopped by abundance of food?


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Our starting point in living life would drastically change from fear to joy, from abiding to restricting rules to expressing ourselves freely, from fighting each other to supporting each other, from being greedy to sharing in abundance, from being alone to all-one…

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Orangutan Island - Self-Comforting Behavior

Arun's "gummy lips," Bonita's finger-sucking and Jupiter's leaf pacifier are self-comforting behaviors unique to these orangutans.



Orangutan Island - The Milk Bucket

One treat always attracts a crowd on Orangutan Island: the milk bucket. Sparks fly when Saturnus and Jordan battle over the much-coveted possession.



click here for more video’s on Orangutan Island


sources:
indepent.co.uk, Animal Planet, Wikipedia

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  • Really cool vlog here Ingrid - thanks for sharing. I have been wanting to go and work with the Orangutangs in Borneo for years - it is quite a cool project they've got going there. thanks for sharing.

  • Yes, a cool project indeed. I like to watch the series on Animal Planet. Very interesting how the orang-utans develop and cope with the circumstances. And they are such personalities; how can people ever think they are just 'beasts' when it is so obvious they are like us, humans. (Not that 'human-like' is a standard for how well we should treat an animal)

    I remember as a kid in the Zoo - there were orang-utans, I watched them through a glass window. One of them looked me straight in the eye and I was shocked how 'human' his look was and I felt so sorry the creature had to spend his days in this too small a cage. I do not like zoo's - I wish we did not teach our children it is ok to lock up animals for us to have fun for a day. Not even for educational projects - we have internet for that.

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