Orangutan orphans

I believe Kesi is at the end of this video:

What will you tell your children when the orangutans are extinct?  Watch this video.

The following video has some wonderful shots of orangutans.  It is informative but also entertaining:

Adorable orphans at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo



Orangutan orphanage in the rainforest at Sepilok in eastern Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo in October 2002.


Kesi Needs a Sister (or Brother)


It’s time to get Kesi a sister or brother.

My birthday is coming up and I’m going to put an orangutan on my wish list.

But, I just don’t know which one to adopt.

I’ve been researching the different sites that have orangutans up for adoption.  (Check out my Adoption page.)  And, all it has done is make it even harder to decide.

Any suggestions?


April & Kesi

Kesi is royalty!


I decided to check and see who else has adopted Kesi.  I’ve also included links to articles that include Kesi.

Guess what?  Kesi is now royalty according to these articles:

Her Royal Highness Crown princess Victoria to become adoptive parent?


Linda Frost adopted Kesi: http://redapes.org/guestbook/#comment-1405

This blogger adopted Kesi: http://julienne.wordpress.com/kesi/  Her blog is very interesting.

Pentad adopted Kesi:  http://www.pentad.no/kesi.htm

Rachel adopted Kesi:  http://eeyore5.livejournal.com/24120.html

World Society for the Protection of Animals WSPA wrote:  http://www.wspa.org.au/publicfiles/WSPANewsAus_lowres.pdf

I’ll look for more and add them as I find them.

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi (Her Highness)

Kesi on ground

Retired Movie Star – Geri the Orangutan

Center for Great Apes - Geri  Geri was born September 13, 1989 to be a movie star.  But like all other orangutans in the movie business she soon became to big to work with and at age 15 she was fortunate enough to find a home at the Center for Great Apes which was founded in 1993 by Patti Ragan.

Geri was worked in many commercials and films such as The Flintstones until her retirement and her eventual move to the Center for Great Apes in Florida in December 2004.  I say she was worked, not that she worked, because when you work you normally are paid for your time.  Geri was never paid for her time and even now does not get any support from her previous owners that exploited her when she was a baby.

She was fortunate in the fact that she came to the sanctuary with a good friend, Sammy.  Her and Sammy’s baby, Jam, was snatched from her as soon as he was born to be used in the entertainment industry also.  Thankfully, Jam came to live at the same sanctuary just 4 months after she arrived.  She and Jam were introduced to each other gradually and eventually reunited.

Now Geri has the comfort and companionship of all the orangutans at the center (14 in all at this time) as she roams through the tunnels that connect her to the other orangutans enclosures and to the large 34 feet high domed habitat.  While traveling through the tunnels she is able to not only observe and interact with other orangutans but she also can browse like wild orangutans do in the rainforest.

Center for Great Apes tunnel system  The Boswell Walk-About Chute System.

Center for Great Apes Domed Habitat  Huge 34 feet high domed habitat–large enough for adult orangutans to swing and play.

Geri is very observant and always thinking.  She is very relaxed and enjoys both playing by herself or with the other apes.

The orangutans at the center receive at least 3 enrichment items a day to keep their curious minds busy.  And one of Geri’s favorite enrichment times is when they are given old clothes to play with and she can put on gardening gloves.

Geri - Center for Great Apes  Geri must agree that cleanlinest is next to godliness because she loves to clean.  She is very concerned about having a clean home and gathers her dishes, washes them and hands them and her blankets to the caregivers.

Geri can never be released into the wild like the orangutans on Orangutan Island, but Patti and the rest of the staff at the Center for Great Apes are giving her the best living arrangements possible for the rest of her life where she will never be bred or observed by the general public as an attraction.

Why not let Geri know how much you love her by sending a donation to the Center for Great Apes?  They accept enrichment items and have a Wish List you can use to decide what to donate.  Of course, they will always accept monetary donations also. 

Geri  Geri would like to encourage you to send some gardening gloves!

Kind Regards,

April and Kesi

Kesi on ground

VERY RARE – Wild Orangutans Being Wild

Click on the photos to watch streaming videos of some of the last orangutans still in the wild. 

The way it should be.

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Don’t these orangutans look relaxed and contented? Unlike ones in captivity.

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Unfortunately, this little one could end up on Orangutan Island or worse if we don’t do something about its habitat now.

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Infant Bornean orang-utan climbing

Infant Bornean orang-utan climbing
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And, this one could end up in a small cage the rest of its life.

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Never learning how to make a nest.

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Never just hanging around their wild world.

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Never feeding in the wild as God meant.

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Never living in their native habitat.

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Or just having the opportunity to do what wild orangutans would do.

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Donate to your favorite orangutan program today because tomorrow may be too late.

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

Kesi on ground

Did You Adopt an Orangutan?

Happy New Year!

Kesi and I would love to hear from you with your story about adopting an orangutan.

Did you get an adoption certificate and pictures of your adopted orangutan for Christmas?

Or did you adopt an orangutan in someone else’s name and give it to them for Christmas?

Tell us about it and if you don’t mind we will put it in a blog.

Help us get the word out that adopting an orangutan is fun and a great present for someone special.

orangutan-outreach-logo.jpg   Adopt Lomon Lomon  Adopt Fio Fio  Adopt Grendon  GrendonAdopt Kesi  Kesi

nonja.jpg  This beautiful orangutan named Nonja lived to be 55 years old.  The only way other orangutans in the wild today will live to that age is with our help and financial support.  Adopt one now.  Read about Nonja at http://redapes.org/news-updates/nonja-worlds-oldest-sumatran-orangutan-dies-at-miami-metrozoo/

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