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Orangutan tegar

5/20/2019

Best friends with Gonda, Tegar is already moving fluidly through the trees like a forest expert!

Name meaning: ‘Strong’

Born in 2017

Bio: Tegar was found alone and crying by a farmer fishing in the Bornean forest who contacted the authorities. The little orangutan was in very poor condition, having several scars and wounds across his body. He was also very scared and shy toward humans, not liking to be touched. We discovered from his behaviour that he had been made an orphan shortly before being rescued and brought to our ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL.

It took him a while to adjust to the new form of care provided by humans - the bond between an orangutan mother and infant is impossible to recreate, and he felt this loss acutely. With constant reassurance and the companionship of Gonda and Cantik, he is settling in and picking up many essential forest skills. He already knows how to use the flexibility of the trees and lianas to move carefully and efficiently in the forest. He also knows how to pick forest food - something that can be seen on his growing waistline! 

Favourite past-times: Tegar likes nothing more than to play with Gonda - wrestling, chasing, and nibbling!

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