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ORANGUTANS AND NATURE’S REMEDIES

ORANGUTANS AND NATURE’S REMEDIES

Rakus, a Sumatran orangutan, has been in the news using Akar Kuning (Fibraurea tinctoria) to treat an injury by chewing up the leaves of the plant and putting them directly on his wound. F. tinctoria has long been used in traditional medicine to treat wounds and other...
A WEED, A SNACK, A WILDFLOWER, OR A REMEDY?

A WEED, A SNACK, A WILDFLOWER, OR A REMEDY?

Wild plants are considered weeds if they can often outcompete other plants by dominating the absorption of nutrients, water, and sunlight. Melastoma malabathricum, a tiny shrub from the Melastomataceae family, is one of the weeds that grows abundantly in Bornean...
RAYMOND’S JOURNEY

RAYMOND’S JOURNEY

An orangutan named Raymond has been causing disturbances in Pelangsiran transit settlement, worrying locals and prompting our Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team to take swift action. Translocation is the act of relocating an orangutan who is at risk, which often comes...
ARE ORANGUTANS EMPATHETIC?

ARE ORANGUTANS EMPATHETIC?

It was a usual day at the Nyaru Menteng forest school, where young orangutans were learning from one another while their human surrogate mothers looked on from below. The treetop lessons are only interrupted momentarily for supplementary food breaks, but on this day,...
BEES TAKE OVER CAMP NLES MAMSE

BEES TAKE OVER CAMP NLES MAMSE

Sweet, flavourful, and nutritious, honey is beloved by nearly everyone, but the same cannot be said for bees. As the season for bees comes to Camp Nles Mamse, our post-release monitoring (PRM) team must be on high alert. The forest bees flying around Camp Nles Mamse...