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White-rumped shama – a beautiful bird in Borneo

This post has been written by Wawan, our Finance Manager from our Indonesian office in Pangkalan Bun,  Central Kalimantan Borneo about his visit to Pondok Ambung.

Experiencing Beautiful ‘Shama’

Its  such interesting experience when you go through the deep of Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan. You can enjoy an unforgetable long river journey to reach Pondok Ambung Research station, about 30 minutes down river from Camp Leakey.

I went to Pondok Ambung Research Station by Orangutan Foundation’s Speed boat as routine duty delivering fresh logistic from Kumai market on 15 April. Staying one night just sensing to be closer to the wildlife habitat there. Butterflies, birds, squirrel, and even little dragonfly can be found easily.

One bird was my interest, I see beautiful bird having long-black tailed and white rump, orange bellied, black head and black eyes as well. Its body size maybe only same as a little coffee cup but looking a bit thin because of its long tailed and neck. It kept jumping between branches, and some times stepping to the ground. Once it jump and step on the ground getting little worm by its beak, and suddenly swallow it.  After swallow the worm, it flew to perch on little branches and singing! Such beautiful long time duration sing.

Moments were capture by my camera, I though that I got some good pictures, not bad at all before it vanish away. Unforgetable and beautiful bird, I know the name is White-rump Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) from book literature, it residence mainly eating worms but occasionally ants and other insect, very clever often immitating other bird calls. Its threated by illegal hunting for their rich chuckling songs, people using this bird for Bird singing competition, now we see it free from threaths because they living in protected area Tanjung Puting National Park.

I think this is just a little story that representing my experience to be closer to wildlife especially birds.  I hope any of you like it. Thank you  Orangutan Foundation UK and Tanjung puting National park and also thanks for Arif Nugroho the manager of Pondok Ambung Research Station.

I hope You will get more interest from this little experience, thanks.

Wawan  (Bambang Setyawan)

OF-UK Finance Manager

Want to visit Tanjung Puting National Park? Visit our www.orangutan.org.uk

Back where they belong!

Sorry for the long period of inactivity! Hudi, our Programme Co-ordinator in Indonesia sent through this short story about a sunbear and a pig-tailed Macaque.  


Belle, the sunbear © Orangutan Foundation

Saturday 13th of March 2010 was a special day for “Belle” a young female sunbear (Helarctos malayanus) and also for one pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina). After medical observation by Dr Fiqri (our Vet) and Tigor (our Reintroduction Manager ), Pak Eko Novi, the head of section II of the  Natural Resources Conservation Agency of Central Kalimantan (BKSDA SKW II Kalimantan Tengah) gave permission for both to be trans-located to the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve.

boat into Lam 

Sunbear and pig-tailed macaque going up river into the reserve © Orangutan Foundation

Belle cage

Carrying the cage out of the boat.  © Orangutan Foundation

belle being freed

Belle, about to be released. © Orangutan Foundation

The trans-location process went very smoothly. When the cage door was open by Pak Eko Novi the sunbear just walked out directly into the forest, she did not look back at us, unlike “Bruno”, the young male sun-bear, who we translocated a few months ago. He gave a surprise for all the people who trans-located him!

 belle out

Straight out! © Orangutan Foundation

into the forest

Back to the forest -wild and free! © Orangutan Foundation

Within a few minutes Belle had disappeared into the forest. However, we did have a surprise from the pig-tail macaque. A few minutes after the release the macaque came back to the longboat and then jumped into the water, swam across the river and then played on the opposite side of the river bank!

 pig tail

The pig-tailed macaque decided it wanted to be on the otherside of the river and why not? © Orangutan Foundation

pig tail 2

Good to be back home! © Orangutan Foundation

Huge thanks to all of our dedicated staff and to our partners, who we work with in and around the reserve.

Please consider a donation towards our Protect Me and My Tree Appeal – raising vital funds for the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve.

Thank you!

New Vet For Lamandau Wildlife Reserve (orangutan release site)

Last month we were awarded a grant by the Gemini Foundation to implement a system of veterinary health care for the orangutans released into Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. This will mean recruiting our own vet, which is very exciting.

In Lamandau there is a system of post release monitoring and the orangutans are given supplementary food to help with the transition back to the wild. However, approximately 5 – 6% of all released orangutans are taken back to Orangutan Care Centre & Quarantine at some point, most commonly for small injuries or skin diseases and very rarely for more serious conditions, like Zidane. In common with all orangutan rehabilitation centres the OCCQ is full to capacity so the return of orangutans only puts an extra burden on them. Having a vet in Lamandau will reduce the chance of orangutans returning to the OCCQ, thus minimising potential stress caused to the orangutans as well. Tigor (Lamandau Rehabilitation Camps Manager) and I have finalized the job description and the advert has now gone out. Interviews will begin at the end of the month.

On to less interesting matters, it is report time again. October marks the start of the final quarter for the year; this is the time when we panic about how much or how little money is left over and what is still to be done. The written reports I can handle, it’s the budgets that I struggle with!

How I feel tackling accounts! (Photo by Sarah Seymour)

I probably share the same expression when I have to tackle Excel! (photo by Sarah Seymour)

Back at University, I remember courses on cell structure and function, zoo-physiology, population genetics, the biology of animal adaptation. I do not remember Accounting 101! What on earth is the meaning of “=SUMIF (‘General edger’ !$C$49:$C$115,C72, ‘ General Ledger’!$F$49:$F$115)”?

How I feel tackling accounts! (Photo by Sarah Seymour)

I love the two photos in this post, courtesy of Sarah Seymour. While the orangutans are undoubtedly cuter, their facial expressions remind me of mine as I look at those Excel spreadsheets.

Orangutan Release Site Almost Ready.

There is always something disconcerting about taking off your wet boots at the end of a day and having a big, fat leech drop out. The one that rolled out of my right sock yesterday, on my way to the new orangutan release site, was almost the size of my little finger. The one that was stuck to the inside of my calf (which I found later in the shower) was still filling up. That’s what you get walking through swamps in Borneo!

Leeches don’t horrify my, the buzzing of mosquitoes and their annoying, itchy bites are, I think, worse. Anyway, the purpose of this blog wasn’t meant to describe the various blood-sucking invertebrates we encounter. Rather it was to tell you of yesterday’s trip to Camp Mangkung in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, our newest orangutan release site which was being built by our volunteer teams. The good news is the camp is just about finished. The volunteers have done another great job.
Mangkung Vols Oct 08

Mangkung release site

Orangutan Painting Camp Mangkung

Orangutan Painting Camp Mangkung

Photos showing the almost finished release site (and some fine artwork) at Camp Mangkung in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

Despite madly fluctuating water levels and pretty rudimentary construction skills the dining hall and sleeping accommodation are complete. All that still needs to be done is to build the toilet and wash rooms and then tidy the site.

We walked into the surrounding forest to scout potential feeding sites. Hanging the tyres won’t be a problem! Which reminds me to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far and to Brigitta, for your latest $20 donation; we already have enough for putting tyres up at Camps JL and Rasak. If you can continue to help us we will soon have enough for the remaining camps.

At the end of the day, rather than go back via the river, Dan Ward (volunteer coordinator) and I decided to walked out. I wanted to see what access would be like when the river is low. It was a great walk, except for the fact I did not find the leeches until I got home!