Camp Leakey is located in Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Borneo (Kalimantan Tengah), Indonesia. It was established in 1971 by Dr. Birutè Mary Galdikas and Rod Brindamour, and has served as a research and conservation center ever since. In the early days, Camp Leakey also served as a rehabilitation and release center. Today, orangutans, particularly females, who were raised by Dr. Galdikas are sometimes still seen around camp. Many of them now have offspring and grandoffspring.
If grades were assigned in forest kindergarten, little Cory would certainly be top of her class. She is smart and also very driven, practicing and honing her forest survival skills every moment she is out in the Care Center’s rehabilitation forest. But Cory Marder is not only smart, she is also very pretty with her long, shiny hair, beautiful face, and big eyes. In short, Cory Marder has it all! When asked about Cory, her caregivers mostly use two words to describe her: “cantik” and “pintar” – pretty and smart!
Cabang came into OFI’s care when she was still an infant. Today, she is an adolescent as evident from the light-colored skin around her eyes and her playful nature. Cabang was brought in by a fisherman who had allegedly found her in the forest by herself. Given that orangutan mothers will never abandon their young, this seems highly unlikely. Like so many others, Cabang’s mother was probably killed and Cabang taken as a pet. At the Care Center, the little orangutan infant was named after the place she came from, a remote coastal village close to the border of Tanjung Puting National Park. In the Indonesian language, “cabang” means branch which is a fitting name for an orangutan with a deep-rooted love of the forest. This love of trees and forest is evident today. Every time Cabang is taken out for “jungle school” into the rehabilitation forest, she seems full of enthusiasm.
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(Last updated November 6, 2013)