Mari  Mari was born October 24, 1981.

Mari started out life with a handicap because while an infant her mother was in an agitated state and damaged Mari’s arms so badly she no longer has them.

Mari is incredible though because she gets around so well sometimes her keepers even forget she is missing her limbs.  She either walks upright to move around or will roll when she wants to get around faster.  She climbs the ladder to the top of her 30 foot enclosure using her chin and feet  Mari spends a lot of time walking upright through the woods in the special Boswell Walk-About Chute System at the center.

Mari arrived in the Center for Great Apes in 2001.  Pongo and Christopher were the first orangutans she met at the center and they have stayed great friends.  She has “adopted” five year old Pebbles.  She sleeps with Pebbles and even shares her food with Pebbles.

The carekeepers are very challenged to create activities to entertain Mari because she spent many years at a research center where she could solve computer mazes by manipulating a joystick with her feet plus many other problem solving activities.

Check out the website for the Center for Great Apes to see how you can help these amazing orangutans.

What can you do for Mari?  Donate enrichment items to the center.  Check out their Wish List for items you can donate.

You can send your donations to:  Center for Great Apes, Box 488, Wauchula, Florida 33873

If you want to learn more about how you can help Mari and the other orangutans and chimps that the center provides permanent homes to, contact them:


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:

This blogger adopted Kesi:  Her blog is very interesting.

Pentad adopted Kesi:

Rachel adopted Kesi:

World Society for the Protection of Animals WSPA wrote:

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

Kind Regards,

April & Kesi (Her Highness)

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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