Be The Creature

Orangutan visit

Jan. 7: “Creature adventurers” the Kratt brothers show the “Today” show’s Natalie Morales two orangutans, and talk about their upcoming show on the National Geographic channel called “Kratt Brothers: Be the Creature.”

Be the Creature.


Orangutan Island is Rapping!

An adorable video!  There are a lot more interesting videos at this link.

The Language of Orangutans

Orangutans do communicate with one another and if we pay close attention we can “hear” what they are saying.

Many of the things they say are without words.

Orangutans keep their palms down and let their arms hang loosely most of the time.  orang-utan on  ground under trees.  fotosearch - search  stock photos,  pictures, images,  and photo clipart  When they put their palms up it means aggression or attack mode.

If an orangutan shakes its body and makes motions like throwing sticks it is saying it is not happy and that you should stay away.

  When an orangutan looks like it is smiling and shows its teeth it is really being aggressive and is not happy to see you.

Only impolite orangutans look another orangutan in the eye.  If one orangutan does not know another it should never look directly in the others eyes.  If the eye contact is too long it may be another form of showing aggression.  So, if you come across an orangutan you don’t know make sure you look at him out of the corner of your eye.

orang utan (pongo  pygmaeus) watching,   close up,  gunung  leuser np. fotosearch  - search stock  photos, pictures,  images, and photo  clipart  If  an orangutan puts a leaf or flower in its mouth (but doesn’t eat it) and looks at anther orangutan, it could mean they like them.  But, sometimes an orangutan will do this unintentionally and doesn’t mean anything by it at all.  orangutan. fotosearch  - search stock  photos, pictures,  images, and photo  clipart

Orangutans show interest in one another by looking at each other out of the corner of their eyes, quickly passing a hand over their head and making a high pitched sound.  The other orangutan knows exactly what is meant and can respond to this interest if it wants to.

To show close friendship two orangutans will greet each other by gently placing their finger in the others eye.  This shows complete trust in each other and says “I love you” between orangutans.

Orangutans have many of the same facial expressions as we do.  If you pay close attention you will read anxiety, fear, anger and happiness in an orangutan’s face.  You just need to know what to look for since they do not show these emotions in the same way as humans.

There are many other ways of communication an orangutan uses that involve the whole body such as stretching, jumping, arching back, lip smacking, hair bristling, waving head, shaking moving or raising of the arms and hands, and thrashing on their chest.


  Only flanged (see my blog on Man of the Forest – Flanged or Unflanged) perform the long-call.  This may be heard over several miles sometimes and lasts for one to two minutes.  It is an advertisement to any females around that he is here and interested in having company from the ladies.  At the same time it is a warning to males that they should stay away if they know what is best for them.  It may even suppress adolescent males from developing sexual characteristics resulting in the unflanged appearance.  Unless another male feels ready for the challenge they flee from the sound of long-calls.  While at the same time interested ladies use it as a tracking device for flanged males and respond accordingly.

The fast-call is another form of talking and is used for a variety of reasons.  One would be when a dominant male sees another male fleeing after he makes a long-call.

So, you need to listen to the orangutans with your ears and your eyes to really know what they are saying.

Although sometimes it is very easy to see what an orangutan is feeling.    Too bad not every baby orangutan in the world has the same feeling as this little one did when this picture was taken.

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

Kesi on ground

The Word is Getting Out


I was so excited to hear from someone today that has also adopted Kesi.  Kesi on ground

Her husband gave her the adoption certificate for Kesi for her birthday.

What a wonderful birthday gift!  Three beautiful pictures of your adopted orangutan, an adoption certificate and the knowledge that you are helping to save orangutans from dying.

It isn’t too late to purchase this same gift as a Christmas present for everyone left on your list.  In fact, you have up until the very last minute to do so since you do it on line at orangutan-outreach-logo.jpg

Pay for the adoption and then print out those beautiful pictures and adoption certificate all within a few minutes.

Wouldn’t it make a great Christmas gift for that special teacher?

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

Orangutan Island

I’ve been keeping up on the show Orangutan Island.  I didn’t think I would get into each character as much as I did with Meerkat Manor.  But, then Cha Cha disappeared and even Lone couldn’t find her for most of the episode last week.  I knew I was involved as I let out a sign of relief when Cha Cha finally showed up.  And, was delighted when she didn’t cling to Lone as she did the day Lone had to leave her on the island.  I guess I’m hooked.

The “actors” in this reality show are The Bandit Boys (Rocky, Mercury, Saturnus, Togar, Milo and Donald), Bonita (The Fragile One), Cha Cha (The Social Butterfly), Chen Chen (The Pirate), Daisy (The Scrapper), Donald (The Apprentice), Hamlet (The Intruder), Jasmine (The Femme Fatale), Jordan (The Socially Challenged), Nadi (The Alarm Bell) and Saturnus (The Clown) — also part of The Bandit Boys.

The previews for next week are hilarious and there may be love in the air.

Check out the preview for next week and past weeks videos here:

After watching these entertaining creatures you’ll have a hard time not making that decision to adopt one or more and help save their habitat and their lives.

So, I can’t finish without giving you the link to where you can adopt Kesi or one of the other irresistible orangutans at the center.  Click on Kesi below and adopt an orangutan TODAY!

Adopt Kesi

 Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

Which Orangutan Should I Adopt?

Beda – January’s orangutan of the month at Borneo Orangutan Survival UK:

This is Beda.  She is newly up for adoption.  Click on her picture to adopt her.  Read her story about how she came to live at the Nyaru Menteng center.

There are so many orangutans out there that need your help.  The truth is no matter which orangutan you adopt the money goes to help all orangutans.

But, when you give in a certain orangutan’s name you get pictures of that orangutan and a certificate of adoption.  (I plan on framing all of my pictures of Kesi and hanging them in my soon to be remodeled bedroom.  They will help me to remember her and her relatives that will always need our help.)  The best thing would be to give some money in each of their names and then you get pictures of each of them.  But, few of us can do that so let’s check them all out here to get a better idea of which ones you want to adopt.

Here are some websites that have the adoption option.

First, there is orangutan-outreach-logo.jpg Orangutan Outreach.

At Orangutan Outreach   I found five orangutans you can adopt.

There is Lomon. Adopt Lomon  Lomon spent years chained up in a wooden box and when he was rescued, he weighed only 1/3 of what he should have. Due in no small part to the love and attention lavished upon him by his caretakers at Nyaru Menteng, Lomon  has now gained not only the weight he needed, but also his self-confidence.  Check him out at

Fio Adopt Fio  had a tragic start to life.  The attempt to rescue her and her mother was only a partial success.  Fio’s mother did not survive but fortunately, Fio was given another chance.  She gets a ton of love and support from her babysitters at Nyaru Menteng and she is gaining the confidence she needs to become an independent orangutan.

Grendon Adopt Grendon  star of the BBC’s Orangutan Diary, steals everyones heart.  Looking remarkable like Homer Simpson in miniature, Grendon is a simply delightful little orangutan who loves to joke around with his friends.  He’s popular with staff and orangutans alike at Nyaru Menteng.

And, of course, there is Kesi Adopt Kesi of which I cannot write about without showing favoritism.  Kesi had her hand chopped off when plantation workers killed her mother with a machete.  Now she is the top pupal in Orangutan Forest School at Nyaru Menteng.  Champion tree-climbing and nest-builder, Kesi is an excellent role model for newly arrived orphans.

Orangutan Conservancy:

At Orangutan Conservancy I found three interesting orangutans up for adoption.

Asapa  is an orphaned orangutan trying to make its way back into the forest with the help of Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center.

Mawas   is an orphaned orangutan trying to make its way back into the forest with the help of Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Center.

Roman     is a wild adult male living in Gunung Palung National Park, whose fragile forest ecosystem is threatened by illegal logging. 

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

An Orangutan Christmas

Gifts for Orangutans!


I, like many people this time of year, have been very busy.  Which means I’ve had no time to write on this blog.

But I decided it would be appropriate to write this time of year and discuss unique Christmas presents for your loved ones.

Why not adopt an orangutan for one or more people on your Christmas gift list?

The orangutans in the wild are still having their homes stripped away from them, being treated cruelly and need rescuing even at Christmas time.

A great present for your loved one makes a great present for the orangutans.  When you adopt at Orangutan Outreach you will be able to print out pictures of the orangutan you adopt and a certificate of adoption to frame and include in the gift and give the recipient something to keep as a reminder of this special gift from you.  They can also check the progress of their newly adopted orangutan by visiting the Orangutan Outreach website regularly.  I imagine the other websites that allow you to adopt an orangutan probably do that same thing.

My adoption of Kesi costs me only $10 a month and is taken automatically out of my checking account.  I receive an email every time a payment is taken out of my account.

Kesi would love someone out there to donate in her name and adopt her.

Kesi on ground      Happy Holidays from Kesi!

Get that special, unique gift at:

Merry Christmas!

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi