Kesi Needs a Sister (or Brother)

Hi,

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?

Thanks,

April & Kesi

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Birth of an Orangutan

A great video of the birth of an orangutan.  It isn’t in the wild, but watching the mother taking care of baby is wonderful. 

Kesi is royalty!

Hi,

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?

http://sofiasroyalsweden.blogspot.com/2007/10/crown-princess-victoria-adopts.html 

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

Kesi – More Pictures

Hi,

I believe Kesi is at the end of this video:

I just found this site where they put up a lot of photos of Kesi.  There are quite a few of her and other orangutans at the Nyaru Menteng Center.  They are beautiful photographs.  Please check them out.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/animalrescueblog/sets/72157594375684199/detail/

Here are more pictures.  Can you find Kesi among them? http://www.onasia.com/content/story.aspx?storyID=469&page=1

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

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

Orangutans in the Entertainment Industry

Sammy Center for the Great Apes  I found a site on the web called the Center for Great Apes.  It is a sanctuary for orangutans and other apes located in Flordia.  It was founded in 1993 by Patti Ragan and provides a permanent sanctuary for the apes in a safe and enriching environment.  They say they are the only nonprofit sanctuary in North America dedicated to the permanent care of orangutans.  I talked to Patti and she said she met Lone Dröscher Nielsen before she started the Nyaru Menteng Center.

Although the orangutans here are very fortunate to live in this sanctuary they will never be released into the wild.  Many of them were born in captivity specifically to be used in Hollywood for entertainment purposes.  And, like everything else in Hollywood, when they no longer could be used for entertainment purposes they were put aside*.  Usually in small cages.  Where they had to live until someone finally found a home for them in Florida at the sanctuary.

What I like about center is they do not allow the public in to “look” at the orangutans and they do not breed these orangutans.

The orangutans at the center need support just as the ones in Borneo do.  I did not see where you could adopt one but there is a great page of items they need that you can send to them at http://www.prime-apes.org/html/needs.html.  Of course, they will always accept monetary donations.

I want to introduce you to the special orangutans living at the center.  The first one I thought you should meet is Sammy.  Sammy was born on December 23, 1989 and began his life as a Miami tourist attraction that was owned by an orangutan breeder.  At the age of 18 months (4-5 years before he should have left his mother) he was sold to a Los Angeles trainer and used in the entertainment industry.

sammy-close-up.jpg  Sammy is a very handsome flanged male.

Do you recognize this movie star?  He was Dunston in the movie Dunston Checks In

Sammy full body The Center for the Great Apes  Of course, when he grew up (as all orangutans do) he was considered too strong and dangerous to work with and placed in a small cage.  Then they used him to breed a female, Geri, and together they had a baby named Jam to be used in the entertainment industry.  Geri arrived with Sammy in December 2004 at the Center for the Great Apes and Jam arrived shortly after in March 2005.

The center provides at least three forms of enrichment everyday to every ape and Sammy loves to paint.

Why not provide the center with canvas and paint brushes for all the apes to use but especially for Sammy?  They accept any size canvas and paint brushes.  http://www.prime-apes.org/html/enrichment.html

Mail your donations to:  Center for the Great Apes, Box 488, Wauchula, Florida 33873

If you wish to contact them before sending your donation you can call:  863-767-8903

Sammy sitting - The Center for the Great Apes  Give these large gentle hands some painting supplies so he is able to use his unending curiosity.

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi

Kesi on ground

*Interestingly, but not surprisingly, after these orangutans are dropped off at the center none of the organizations in Hollywood that made money from their performances help support them in these final years of their life.

Corrections

Hi,

I just found a error in my article Orangutans in the Entertainment Industry.

Patti Ragan founded the Center for Great Apes in 1993 not 1999.  Sorry about that Patti.  I didn’t mean to eliminate 6 years of your hard work!

I found out that I had made a mistake in my article Man of the Forest -Flanged or Unflanged.

I mentioned fur of the orangutans and it should have said hair.  Orangutans have hair all over their body like humans not fur.

I have made the change in that article, but wanted anyone that had already read the article to know there was an error in it previously.