Category Archives: In Camp

The birth of baby Darwin!

We are very excited to announce the third birth of 2016 as part of the  Tuanan Orangutan Research Project! Our research team was fortunate to see the entire birth of Darwin, Desy’s new son.  Danum, Desy’s older offspring, was also present for the birth and quite curious! This is great news given the severity of the fires this past year.  Having a research team present year round provides us with the opportunity to witness and record data on such amazing and rare events.

Another Orangutan Birth at Tuanan!

2016 is looking to be a good year for the Tuanan orangutans despite the fires at the start of the year! We are excited to announce the birth of Pina, who was born on May 14, 2016 at 9:50 am. Tuanan Project Manager Julia Kunz (doctoral student from University of Zürich) was there for the birth along with Tuanan project field assistants and were fortunate to observe the birth of Pina. Given the birthdate, Pina was conceived prior to when the fires hit Tuanan hard and her mother Pinky was in her first trimester during the rough fire season. This is a good indicator that the Tuanan orangutan population continues to be healthy! Photographs by Julia Kuntz

Meet Baby Merkur!

We are excited to welcome another healthy infant to the Tuanan population named Merkur. Merkur is Milo’s first offspring. Mindy gave birth to Milo right when we started conducting research at Tuanan in 2003 and now she is a mother. It is wonderful to have a full cycle and see this matriline grow. Mindy is a grandmother with an infant of her own (Moby). This also means that Milo was pregnant during the fires and successfully had a baby – good news!

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling

Milo and Merkur. Photograph taken by Alexandra Kissling