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The thing with wanting to help is that we often make excuses and keep putting it off because we just don’t realise how much we can make a difference.

I was a member of a team of students and staff from the French International School that went to carry out active learning and volunteer at the Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre. All the students who volunteered to go on this trip study Ecology thus we already had two major pieces of information before going:

  1. There are a number of serious environmental problems;
  2. There are people who are trying their best to fix the problems.

We went to Tasikoki to not only experience the problems but also to learn how to help solve these problems first hand.

Of course we weren’t used to the schedule nor to waking up so early and going straight to work without eating breakfast, but we understand that at Tasikoki, the animals’ needs have to be put first. This was not easy, but I do believe it was an honest lesson that taught us about priorities and that some things are more important and greater than ourselves. This understanding really helped put many things into perspective, because we came to understand that the environment has many troubles and even though it gives us signs, it does not have a voice to complain. Nature involves balance with the correct mixture of different animals, trees and plants to function effectively but monoculture is suffocating the Earth. Perhaps we have to learn to be more in tune with Nature?

Throughout the trip we had the privilege of discovering an incredible flora and a majestic fauna. The policy at Tasikoki is to rescue, rehabilitate and, whenever possible, release and due to work of the dedicated team at Tasikoki, many of the rescued animals there get another chance at freedom.

We were pleased we were also able to help the flora at the project, as we had the opportunity to plant food crops and palm sugar trees amongst other things and this kind of work is very rewarding because it is tangible, it has immediate effects and the only required tool is our hands.

Just because some choices we are making may seem easier, it does not mean it is right for us to continue making all of them. For example, after our studies and the visit, we learned to check products for palm oil and appreciated that we should try to avoid products containing it. This is a big step forward. Each day at Tasikoki we were given amazing vegetarian food that not only was unprocessed and palm oil free, but also was delicious and made us feel amazing!

What surprised me most I think is the team spirit that developed during the trip, whether it was to lend one another sunscreen and mosquito repellent or to achieve the common goal of sealing the holes in the turtle pond. We did learn that nothing could be done very effectively if we do not work together. We were able to appreciate that the Masarang Foundation team protect the forest and the animals by working hand in hand with the community. This was demonstrated when we visited the sugar factory at Tomohon as everyone was so positive and we were greeted at the village with pastries baked with palm sugar. Moreover, the palm tapper we had the honour to meet also explained the many benefits that came with his job that undeniably improved his quality of life and led to him being able to send his children to school and university.

At Tasikoki I realised that in order to learn even more about critical environmental issues, to help the work of the Masarang Foundation and have a positive impact on the world, I was exactly at the right place.

Our team is very grateful to the school and the wonderful teachers that went to Tasikoki with us from FIS, as well as the dedicated team at Tasikoki and the volunteers at Masarang HK.

Posted by: masaranghk | September 2, 2016

Liesbeth van der Burgt, 02-01-1970 – 24-08-2016

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Liesbeth van der Burgt,

02-01-1970  –  24-08-2016

 

A few days ago a true friend of the animals, and of my wife and I, passed away. Liesbeth was a vibrant person with boundless energy and true dedication. It was August 2013 when we first met her in Sintang helping our orangutan project. She brought many creative ideas for the keepers to enrich the lives of the orangutans in the quarantine facilities. Language was never a barrier, her smile and example opened all doors to a good cooperation.

I wished we could have had her for much longer than the six weeks she was with us in the heart of Borneo, volunteering for primate orphans, as she did in Africa, always lovingly giving whatever she could contribute. From the Netherlands she helped us with donations to build better quarantine cages, donated medicines and always cheered us up with her lovely, caring personality and her beautiful smiles, not to mention her spontaneous emails. Her last email was to tell us that she would not be able to come to meet us nor her other friends in Masarang Netherlands and Orangutan Rescue, because of the heavy medication she was taking. Although we had hoped that there would still be time to visit her in The Netherlands it was not to be. But thanks to Karin van Dam, another caring animal-lover and project supporter, as well as health care professional, at least we were still able to communicate in a personal way with her, only days before her passing.

Here are some pictures with Liesbeth in Sintang, Borneo, and in Uden, The Netherlands. In the picture from Borneo she sits with Mr. Gibbon, one of her favorites and a gibbon that she only was able to handle to clean him from the dirt and to get him to enjoy the life of swinging again. In Uden she handed us a big box of important medicines for the clinic in the Sintang Orangutan Center.

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Beneath is the card we received from her dear friends. Niko, her rescued dog that you can see in the card, followed her all the way to Africa and back and was her most loyal companion. The (Dutch) text says: “You gave so much for both people and animals. So special, so strong, full of love, passion and pleasure.” It also informs us that on August 30th, 2016, there will be a remembrance event for Liesbeth. Liesbeth asked Ingrid van der Locht and the other board members of her foundation (weesaapjes.nl) to continue her work and that rather than flowers she would like to see people donate to the cause she started.

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Thank you for all you did in your life cut so short. But you lived it with passion, love and dedication. And this will be how you will live on with us dear Liesbeth.

 

Willie and Adrienne

August 29th, 2016

 

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Posted by: masaranghk | August 6, 2016

Masarang HK Projects Offer Food for Thought

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As published in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s magazine.
We are grateful for the Chamber’s interest in the work of the Foundation

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Members of the West Island School (WIS) community will visit Tasikoki again this year. One of the students from WIS, Alex Lawlor Price, was inspired to put brush to paper after her volunteer trip last year.

Although only 16 years old, Alex created the beautiful watercolour paintings shown with this article.

In her words:

artbird“…initially my favourite part about our trip was the animals that I could observe, paint and interact with…Once I returned home, I realised the thing I appreciated the most was the knowledge of climate change and deforestation that we gained from the passionate people that help out, and from Willie Smits. I feel a lot more enlightened and grateful for that, and more inclined to support those causes.”

 

artbabiAlex, as you can see from her beautiful paintings, is a very talented young lady. We hope her images will inspire others to support Tasikoki and the work being done by Willie and his dedicated team to help promote reforestation, protect endangered species and empower local communities.

Let us know if you are interested in visiting Tasikoki or supporting some of the rescued wildlife there.

 

 

Thank you Alex and to WIS for the great support!

 

Masarang Hong Kong Team

 

 

 

Posted by: masaranghk | June 3, 2016

Our latest orangutan arrival named CHRIS – 2016-04-25

Chris is a lovely young female orangutan that is about 5 years old and was rescued from a very remote area called Sandai, which is around 7 hours driving from our Sintang Orangutan Center. Originally she came from an even more remote forest area but she was bought by the people from where she was confiscated when she was still a very little baby, from the poachers that had killed her mother and taken her with the specific purpose of selling her.

This is the cage where Chris was held for many years…

This is the cage where Chris was held for many years…

The people who had her for almost 5 years kept her in a very small cage and also put a chain around her neck. Chris had this chain around her neck for over 2 years, which the “owners” felt was necessary after she became too active…also known as playful! From the picture you can clearly see how deep the chain encircled her neck…

For food, Chris mainly got rice mixed with some clear soup, sometimes some fruits and lukewarm water. They were probably afraid normal tap water would give her an upset stomach, so they would boil it first and let it cool down a bit. According our vet Dr. Vicktor health condition looks quite satisfactory under the circumstances at first sight. Willie also spent time with her and felt that considering her 5 years of ‘solitary confinement’, physically she was still remarkably well, although obviously her climbing skills were still very haphazard.

When the forestry police and our SOC paramedic wanted to move her into the transport cage, which was filled with leaves, she was so excited to see the leaves that she ran straight into it! Often orangutans rather would like to be outside than inside a cage! However Chris did not mind, she immediately started playing enthusiastically with the green leaves that she had probably not seen or experienced for a very long time.

Now Chris is in quarantine at the Sintang center and we are awaiting the results of her blood tests. She is still quite shy but she did come to Willie and let him touch her cheek, one of the special places where orangutans will let people touch them if they trust them. We have named her after Chris Durbin, as ESF Hong Kong, a loyal supporter of our conservation and education work in Indonesia.

The family and neighbours of the family that had Chris were not pleased with the visit of the forestry police car and the rescue team!

The family and neighbours of the family that had Chris were not pleased with the visit of the forestry police car and the rescue team!

 

Here is Chris in the transport cage with the fresh leaves that she probably had not had in a very long time. Her facial expression is a mixture of interest and long-term sadness.

Here is Chris in the transport cage with the fresh leaves that she probably had not had in a very long time. Her facial expression is a mixture of interest and long-term sadness.

 

Here Chris is already at the Sintang Orangutan Center and enjoying her first lessons in wild jungle fruit. She is not sure yet about this delicious Baccaurea fruit . If all goes well she should be on her way to forest school soon.

Here Chris is already at the Sintang Orangutan Center and enjoying her first lessons in wild jungle fruit. She is not sure yet about this delicious Baccaurea fruit . If all goes well she should be on her way to forest school soon.

Posted by: masaranghk | May 21, 2016

Benni in Borneo

  

Benni sits in a wheelchair. He has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His muscles degrade over time due to a genetic mutation. Benni needs a breathing apparatus at night and during the day he uses a special breathing technique using his tongue, called Glossopharyngeal Breathing, to help him get more air into his lungs. Benni also loves orangutans and that is why he is here with us in Borneo right now. And because Dr. Gerti Schuster asked me if I would be willing to talk to his parents and brother who do everything for Benni. It took the family four flights just to get here to the heart Borneo all the way from Germany.

 Benni’s father Klaus took early retirement to have more time with Benni and to grow healthy food in his garden. Benni spends many hours a day on the Internet and I was amazed at how many orangutans in so many zoos around the world he got to know by name and all their tricks. He says he likes orangutans because they are interesting and do all kinds of crazy stuff! Benni spends hours watching orangutans in zoos in Germany too. And he has some strong opinions on some of these zoos and the wellbeing of the orangutans there!

 During one of the zoo visits father Klaus decided to try what Benni was doing and after watching them deep into their eyes, he too fell in love with the orangutans. Then Benni showed him on his computer what was happening to the habitat of the orangutans in Indonesia and told his father “come on let’s do something about it!” That challenge became project Benni and was the basis of what the family calls “Team Benni”. The team consists of the extended Over family but also others like Sister Marlene, who is in a nearby nunnery, and the various medical people that support Benni with his condition. All of them love Benni and his antics.

Though Benni is completely dependent upon other people, except for a tiny bit of use of his hands although he cannot move his arms, Benni is still able to draw through great effort. Together with his caregivers Benny made the colorful drawings that are used in the film that was made about Henry, an orangutan in Nyaru Menteng that Benni adopted with the organization BOS that I founded 25 years ago. When I met the Over family in Jakarta at the airport Benny gave me this picture over dinner. I hardly dared ask but with a smile he confirmed that it was me in the picture 

 
Benni has visited many zoos but his greatest wish was to see orangutans in the trees in Indonesia. And this week that wish came true. It was not easy though… I felt sorry for Benni as he had to be carried by his parents into and out of these little planes with difficult steep ladders. No jets in the heart of Borneo and no wheelchair access. But Benni took it all in stride for he was completely focused on the adventure ahead and the meetings with his red haired friends! 

Landing in Palangkaraya, a week later in the journey, with the propeller plane and getting Benni in his wheelchair in the simmering heat of Central Kalimantan.

  

We flew from Jakarta to Pontianak, which is located exactly on the equator. Here we had to change planes to continue the travel to Sintang some 450 kilometers to the east of Pontianak. But a rainstorm delayed our departure considerably. Fortunately the weather improved and we made it safely to Sintang

When we arrived Alexandra and the team were already waiting to take us to their hotel. Marcy Cravat and her camera team were waiting for us to arrive in Sintang while I was meeting Benni and his family in Jakarta. They are here to make a documentary about soil and my work with biochar and reforestation that has positive climate effects. The first evening we had a warm welcome and nice evening meal at the Sintang Orangutan Center Quarantine, which is located on the terrain of the Kobus Foundation. The director, Father Jacques Maessen was already awaiting us.

The next day early Benni and his team arrived back at the center and we went around the orangutan facilities. Benni had a tear in his eyes when he watched his first orangutan, Chris, a female baby that was confiscated just days before and whom I also met for the first time in the quarantine department. Within minutes the timid orangutan came to us behind the bars and looked us deep in our eyes and probably our souls. Then Benni could watch the babies in one of the large socialization cages drink milk and play around. And a lot of the babies came to have a look at Benni as well! The biggest event was still to happen though when Benni, seated in his wheelchair in the garden of Father Jacques was brought eye to eye with his two adopted girls, Sally and Maya. These two never let go of each other, and when Sally, the braver one of the two, does now and then go of by herself Maya screams her head off. These Siamese like twins were inseparable so Benni could only watch them play near him. But then came Boy… And Boy looked at Benni and took his hand and looked him deep into the eyes… And with his thumb Benni stroke the hand of Boy with this beautiful happy expression still visible in his eyes above his mask.

   
Boy had just cleared quarantine and had been for five years living with a family that toilet trained him, gave him human food only and dressed him up like a child in the family. Boy still has to learn being an orangutan and he still longs for people to take care of him. So he showed no fear whatsoever for Benni and even climbed in his lap and looked at Benni’s eyes from inches away. His parents cried and hugged seeing Benni so overjoyed. A lifetime wish and dream fulfilled for this very sick and brave boy. Later a small female baby orangutan named Mona stole his heart and the family decided that she should also be adopted for Benni! Beneath is a picture of lovely Mona sitting at ease in Benni’s lap.

To the right: Benni Over and Mona. This picture does speak a thousand words! This was more than Benni could ever have hoped for and the fulfillment of his life’s dream.

 
The next day a spectacular reception awaited Benni at the nearby high school. Benni remarked “Owai, I did not book that!”. There were many more “Owai!” exclamations in this week of Benni’s adventures in the heart of Borneo. He even came along on a speedboat, slept in a longhouse in a Dayak village that could only be reached over a feeble improvised hang bridge because the river had swept away the bridge, locking up cars on the other side.l

I just show some pictures beneath that tell it better than I can in words, showing things Benni did in Sintang and surroundings.

     
  
Benni Over and his family. Brother Florian, mother Connie, Benni and father Klaus. On their website there are hundreds of pictures showing their amazing Borneo adventures.

Benni truly impressed me. Although confined to the wheelchair and not able to look sideways very far he still kept track of everything happening around him. When I left him for a few minutes during dinner he asked me if I had sent a message to my wife. And he was spot on! No one knew or could have seen me do that, but he deducted it! And the stories of the orangutans at my stations in Sintang and Nyaru Menteng, he knew more about some of them than I did! And despite having fear of heights he let us carry him up steep stairs without railing and crossing board walks to boats. And getting to the orangutan clinic in the Tembak village was very difficult and a bumpy ride for more than 3 hours, but he did not mind. Respect for Benni! And how he answered the questions of the many school children as well as adults, short but brilliant! Yes, Benni stole the hearts of many Dayaks.

 
I recently watched the movie “The theory of everything” and I felt how much can go on inside a mind ‘locked in’ within a body that fails and how much that mind can still achieve. Benni is very much like that, so much more as what we can see from the outside and see what Team Benni was capable off! Orangutans also have a lot going on inside their heads that we cannot easily see. But we know how altruistic they can be and how they can trust again people that belong to the species that killed their mothers. Bridges of the heart or soul or mind or whatever you want to call it, but that is where the real value is. Benni has built bridges by crossing ones that seemed impassible.

 

After a week in Sintang we jointly flew to Palangkaraya, in Central Kalimantan, where a welcoming committee of BOS was waiting for Benni, complete with a film team to record his visit and his meeting with Henry, the first orangutan that Benni adopted in Nyaru Menteng and the main actor in the film “Henry saves the rainforest” that was made with Benni’s drawings. After the welcome dinner in town I went off to Nyaru Menteng. The next morning I spent going around all the facilities and visiting all the orangutans together with Odom, with whom I set up the Nyaru Menteng Center many years ago. 

 

Later that afternoon Benni arrived at the center and it was time for me to said goodbye to my new friend and move on to East Kalimantan where more red haired friends are awaiting me. But that is another story.  

Willie Smits, Borneo, May 2016

Posted by: masaranghk | May 11, 2016

Willie Smits Visit to Hong Kong

Dr. Willie Smits visited Hong Kong for a very short, but hectic few days. This is a short summary of the whirlwind trip. We hope we will be able to meet more friends and supporters when he visits again soon!

Sunday

Willie visited the wonderful Hemingway’s by the Bay and met long-term Masarang HK supporter Dave Luxton. A great chance to meet up with a kind, caring supporter and enjoy great tea/coffee too!

We hope to celebrate with Dave and Gary Stokes (South East Asia Director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) soon at Hemingway’s!

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Monday

Victoria Shanghai Academy

This is a very special school to Masarang HK, as they have supported us from our beginning. Willie wanted to meet and thank the many caring and supportive members of the school community, especially the dedicated principal, Ms. Susan Smith, before she retires. A group of teachers from the school has recently returned from a visit to Sintang Orangutan Centre projects. The team spent 4 days teaching students in the Dayak village, Tembak, as well as collecting curriculum relevant materials and, of course, visiting the 36 rescued orangutans.

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Willie was first able to speak to Y3 students and staff on the sugar palm. This wonderful tree with its many benefits is now included in their curriculum!

Here at the left Willie is speaking to the attentive students.

 

 

willieHKG2We then had a wonderful lunch meeting with Ms. Susan Smith, the principal, and Ms. Bene Benoit, a highly dedicated teacher and community service coordinator.

 

We are very grateful for all the help and support they have given Masarang HK over the years.

 

After that we met the ever-growing Masarang Club with their many questions. Here below are some pictures of the enthusiastic students and some of the teacher-leaders.

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Finally, Willie gave a brief talk in the school assembly before an amazing series of musical performances by the school community. A lovely, impressive musical interlude!

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Willie then met a team from the ESF over dinner to bid farewell to Mr. Chris Durbin, with whom Masarang HK has collaborated for many years, especially during the recent SCOLAR project. www.esfmasarangscolar.org.

We also were able to discuss the recent visit to the Sintang Orangutan Project, by Mr. Ross Burrough (Island School) and Ms. Lesley Davies (Kennedy School).

Ross is currently preparing an exhibition of breathtaking photographs he took during their visit. This exhibition should be available to schools soon.

We wish Chris well as he will be leaving the ESF and moving to pastures greener (and flatter!) in the Netherlands. As a dedicated rainforest lover and environmentalist, we hope he will find the time to work with the Masarang Netherlands team. www.Masarang.nl/en.

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Tuesday

A day of Skype and Writing!

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Wednesday

West Island School

Willie visited to meet a group of Y12 students taught by Alex Murchie (who also was part of the wonderful SCOLAR team), as the school has included Masarang Foundation projects in the Humanities curriculum and the students were preparing for their exams.

willieHKG5After a lovely meeting with the vice principal, Ms Clare Haworth, who visited Tasikoki Rescue Centre, with a group of CAS students last year, Willie gave a talk to Y12 students and teachers. We were pleased to see the principal also attended the talk and another teacher supporter, Mr. Chris Head, was able to join us too!

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After WIS, we met Raymond Yap who set up the Heroes too Foundation. We discussed ideas for collaboration with tree planting as well as enjoyed the wonderful Café 8 and the hard working, dedicated staff. www.Heroestoo.org

The French International School

Willie visited to give a talk to Monsieur Francois Dremeaux and a group of his students who will be visiting Tasikoki in June. The first, but not last (we hope!) visit by FIS to Tasikoki!

It was a pleasure to meet the principal, Francois and the enthusiastic students. A message from Willie: Enchanté de faire votre connaissance!

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Thursday

Island School

Willie had a meeting with Chris Durbin, Ross Burrough and vice-principal Matt Rappel. This school community has supported Masarang projects since Masarang HK was first established and we are very grateful for the help and support from the Island School community! After a lovely coffee and chat with the principal, Mr Chris Binge, we had a meeting to discuss a wonderful potential support project for a forest and a group of villages in Indonesia. More news later!

After that we met the wonderful Chris Lord, a Food Technology teacher who has also led a group of Island School students to Tasikoki and has carried out great fundraising for the projects. We hope that Chris will be able to arrange for an interschool ‘Bake Together’ this year. We all enjoyed a wonderful sampling session too. Thank you Chris and his students!

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Friday

After a quick visit to Discovery College to collect Masarang Palm Sugar, which was brought back by the staff and students after their visit to the Tasikoki Rescue Centre last year, Willie had to leave Hong Kong for meetings in Indonesia. However, Adrienne was able to meet a team from the VSA who are offering advocacy for Masarang HK. This group, along with two other groups in Y8, is supporting Masarang HK as part of their school Community Service requirement.

The students were polite and most enthusiastic. We hope that more Masarang ambassadors will help us raise awareness in HK of the need to:

Protect endangered Asian species;

Promote Reforestation;

Empower local rainforest communities.

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Posted by: masaranghk | April 17, 2016

Orangutan expert, Leo Hulsker, visiting Indonesia

leowillieMy friend Leo is one of the most experienced primate keepers in the world. He has worked almost 40 years with the great apes in The Netherlands in various zoos, latest the famous Apenheul. Leo looks into their minds, or rather their souls, be it orangutans, gorillas or other primates. For me that includes humans, because he is very smart and funny. He is one of the top leaders in a motor club called Satudara, which is all around the world. And when we were deep in the jungle that word elicited enthusiastic response of my staff there. In a supermarket in Sintang some staff saw his T-shirt with the club symbols and of course more pictures!! leowillie2

Beneath here are some words that Leo wrote after visiting me and some of the projects again in Indonesia, something that Leo has been doing for over the last 20 years. As always, Leo was offering great guidance to the projects and our staff in various ways for improving the orangutan’s welfare. Thanks Leo! Always welcome! Come back soon.

Willie Smits

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February 2016.

Visit to Tasikoki Rescue Centre, North Sulawesi.

It is great to be back for a short visit to the Tasikoki Rescue Centre of the Masarang Foundation in North Sulawesi in Indonesia.leowillie3

The Centre looks great and all the animals look really healthy. Lots of volunteers are busy cleaning the enclosures, feeding the animals and working on enrichment preparation.

After a nice cup of coffee, we went over to the enclosure of Is and Bento. I met both of them years ago when they where still two little orangutan boys. During their stay at Tasikoki, I`ve been visiting them every couple of years.

(Quick note: none of the orangutan reintroduction projects had a place for these two males due to some of their behavioral issues)

As soon as I saw them, they had already spotted me! It gives me such a warm feeling that they still recognize me, especially after the last time I visited them was about two years ago. It is really like visiting ‘old’ friends, although I’m the only old one!  🙂

Is wanted to say hello to me but, of course, Bento, the big guy (above here on the right), claimed me and Is was not allowed to come over.

After Bento calmed down a bit from the excitement of seeing me again, he came over and sat next to me, looked me deep in the eyes and let me know how happy he was to see me.  It is still a great honour to be able to ‘read’ the eyes of the orangutans, but they decide if you may read them or not.

Communicating with orangutans is for me the ultimate sign of trust they can give me and it gives me chills every time it happens. They are really wonderful beings and I feel honored to be able to meet them and be welcomed by them.

I want to thank my good friend Willie Smits again for giving me the chance to meet the orangutans in Indonesia. I also want to thank his brother, Theo Smits.

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February 2016

Visit to the Sintang Orangutan Centre, West Kalimantan.

After a long trip to get there, Willie and I finally arrived at the Sintang Orangutan Centre, West-Kalimantan.

leowillie4Father Jacques was waiting for us at the airport and it was great to see him again after my last visit two years ago.

The environment looks great and the staff is very dedicated. I’ve never seen orangutans so relaxed at a rescue Centre!

Even the youngest orangutans are in total peace with each other and you can see them reacting very positively to the staff.

Of course I want to say hello to all of the orangutans, some of them really liked my tattoos and wanted to see if there were any more hidden under my shirt! 🙂leowillie5

The staff planned a visit to the orangutan semi-release project at SOC Tembak and, of course, I wanted to go along.  

I really wanted to meet Momo and Mamat again! After a long ride on a small motorbike, following the car, we arrived at the SOC clinic at Tembak.

The first thing I wanted to do was to say hello to my old friends, Momo and Mamat.

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I have to be honest; seeing Mamat again made me a bit emotional as the first time we met he was really in a very bad state. Willie has written the story of Mamat, please read it! 

I was thrilled to see that Mamat and Momo are looking great! What a difference in Mamat from when he was rescued and first arrived at Sintang! And look at him (and me 😉 now) leowillie9leowillie8leowillie7

We all wanted to say ‘Hi’ to each other. A lot of hugging was going on!

I does me a lot of good to see that they are having a wonderful life at the SOC in Tembak.  Again they are very dedicated people there, doing their best to take care of the orangutans.

I had a wonderful meeting with the staff the next day and I shared my experience with them.

It was a short visit but for me it was one of the highlights of this journey to Indonesia.

I am looking forward to my next visit to Indonesia and to seeing my old friends again, both human and orangutan! leowillie10

Leo Hulsker

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Posted by: masaranghk | April 6, 2016

Brief Update on Joy

Our new little fellow, Joy, is already feeling better compared to the first morning when he woke up in SOC. On that day, he just lay down in the corner away from the fence and was obviously feeling lonely.

Joy asked our staff to give him the water coming out of the hose, which one of our keepers was using to clean. When he gave the water from the hose, Joy immediately happily started to clean his face with it. He also already starts to like to play with the staff. 

Lovely to see how Joy step-by-step starts to feel a bit more at ease and is building a relationship with the staff. The relationship with the keepers is so important because they have an important role in his rehabilitation. Trust and friendship is so important to these orphaned orangutans.

 

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We’ll keep you posted about Joy’s rehabilitation.

Thank you for caring. Please support our work!

SOC Team

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