Wild times ahead

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

PERTH Zoo has re­leased its third orang-utan into the wild af­ter eight-year-old Nyaru was set free into a pro­tected In­done­sian rain­for­est.

PERTH Zoo has re­leased its third orang-utan in the wild af­ter eightyear-old Nyaru was set free into a pro­tected In­done­sian rain­for­est.

The re­lease of Perth Zoo-born Nyaru into the Bukit Ti­ga­pu­luh ecosys­tem on Au­gust 2 came af­ter he spent 12 weeks in the zoo’s funded sanc­tu­ary to ac­cli­ma­tise to the Su­ma­tran en­vi­ron­ment.

Perth Zoo pri­mate su­per­vi­sor Holly Thomp­son said Nyaru was cho­sen for re­lease be­cause he had the right at­tributes.

“It came down to his age and tim­ing, his mother raised him well and he is very in­de­pen­dent,” she said.

“He un­der­went two years of train­ing be­fore he was re­leased, he was sep­a­rated from his mother when he was six years old and he spent time with fa­ther and then so­cialised with the younger orang­utans.

“He knows how to play and he also un­der­went diet changes to cope with the chang­ing of sea­sons and the avail­abil­ity of cer­tain fruits and veg­eta­bles.”

Ms Thomp­son said Nyaru would be tracked with a chip and there were Perth Zoo staff keep­ing an eye on him.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how he goes, he has been trav­el­ling great dis­tances and cop­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well so far,” she said.

“He al­ready knows how to deal with eat­ing un­ripe fruit and he un­der­stands how to so­cialise, so I think he should do well.”

Eight-year-old orang-utan Nyaru has been re­leased into the wild.

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