Tuanan Orangutan Research Project (TORP) welcomes a new member to the orangutan population – Meet Moby!!!

The Tuanan team is very excited about the latest birth in the population of orangutans that we study. Orangutans in Borneo give birth every 6-8 years, so they have what we call a very slow life history. It takes long-term studies to estimate interbirth intervals. We have been working in Tuanan since 2003, and we are just starting to obtain an understanding of their interbirth intervals (IBIs).

We first found Mindy in July 2003. At the time, she had an infant, Milo (a female)- we estimated her to be about 2 yrs old. Milo is now on her own and likely will have her own offspring soon. We have followed Mindy regularly since July 2003. She gave birth to Mawas (a female) in July of 2008, and thus an IBI of about 7 years. Milo soon was on her own although does come together with mom once in a while. Mawas is now about 6 years and 6 months old. The TORP team found Mindy on December 12, 2014 with what looks like a 2-3 week old infant. You can see the pictures below. Mawas is still with Mindy, and Mindy is very tolerant of Mawas being close to Moby.

This is a great indicator that our population is healthy, as our females continue to reproduce. Great news from the forest and to start the New Year!!!! And a big Thanks to Caroline and the TORP team for sending pictures and the news!

Moby clings to Mindy (Photo by Caroline Schuppli)

Moby clings to Mindy (Photo by Caroline Schuppli)

Mindy Inspects her new infant Moby (Photo by Caroline Schuppli)

Mindy Inspects her new infant Moby (Photo by Caroline Schuppli)

Big sister Mawas with mom and Moby (Photo by Abuk)

Big sister Mawas with mom and Moby (Photo by Abuk)

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