At Bare Skinfood, we're so committed to our no Palm Oil movement that we went one step further and adopted our own baby Orangutan.
Happi is apart of The Orangutan Project and is in their COP Borneo, East Kalimantan, Indonesia rehabilitation centre where he is looked after by carers and attends forest school to get him ready to be re introduced into the wild.
He is the brightest student at forest school, loves to climb and explore the canopies and can already build his own nests.
With continued support, Happi will soon be able to be released back into the wild.
Arrival date: August 2016
Rehabilitation centre: COP Borneo, East Kalimantan Birth date: ~August 2015
Physical condition: Healthy and active
Happi was originally confiscated by the BKSDA (Nature Conservation Agency of Indonesia), in Bontang city in East Kalimantan. The APE Guardian rescue team from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) drove 12 hours to reach him at the BKSDA office in Tenggarong, East Kalimantan. Happi came from Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan. He was estimated to be approximately 10-12 months old when he was rescued.
Happi was taken to the COP Borneo Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in East Kalimantan. Blood tests revealed he had Hepatitis B and malaria. He spent two months in quarantine where he was given intensive care to regain his health and strength. Poor Happi became quite ill on two occasions during his quarantine period but in November 2016 he was able to move to the socialisation cage where he began to make friends with other orangutans.
Happi’s favourite food is papaya.
Happi commenced forest school shortly after he was moved to the socialisation area. At first he was very nervous and would cry when he was taken to the forest.
A baby orangutan would normally have their mother to teach them and give them confidence in the forest.
Happi proved to be a tough little cookie and within a week he was leaving the baby sitters and climbing into the canopy.
Happi appears to be quite comfortable spending time by himself and doesn’t rely on other orangutans however he does like to play with other orangutans at times.
In positive news, Happi can build a basic nest by patting down twigs, branches and leaves. He becomes sleepy after being out at forest school for a while- after all it is a big effort! The forest school baby-sitters find it hard to get Happi to go back in the cage in the evening after being out in the forest, showing just how much Happi enjoys his forest outings.
If you would like to learn more, head to https://www.orangutan.org.au and check out what the Orangutan Project do and how you can get involved.