Back By Popular Demand - A New Update On The Adorable Orangutan Josh!

Back By Popular Demand - A New Update On The Adorable Orangutan Josh!

Posted by Connor Whelan on 27th Jul 2017

July 2017 Update

Progress Update On Josh – This Cheeky Youngster Is Well On The Road To Recovery!


Josh climbing through the trees

The last time we brought you an update on Josh was way back in April 2016, but now we have some fantastic news about the young orangutan. Josh has now well and truly settled in at the sanctuary and he is growing in confidence with every passing day.

Josh may have had a very tough start to life with his mother being taken away from him at a young age, but with the level of care that is provided at Samboja Lestari he has found his footing and has become quite a force in the baby house at the project site.

Josh is progressing well through his rehabilitation and is a very confident climber and he has even been known to enjoy a wrestle with his partner in crime in the baby house Bagus! The two young apes have become the best of friends during their time in the baby house and they can often be seen shooting up the trees and haring around the floor together!

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s take a look at Josh progress below!

Josh loves playing with his cage enrichment!

Josh and Baby Orangutan

He also enjoys climbing with the young orangutan Chandra!


Three baby orangutans playing

He absolutely loves to pose for the camera too!

April 2016 Update

Back in August last year we brought you the story of Josh, the orphaned baby orangutan in Borneo. Josh’s mother was killed when he was very young, and as a result he was taken into the Samboja Lestari Sanctuary to begin his rehabilitation. Since then, 7 months have passed and we thought it was time to bring you an update on how this adorable orangutan is doing!

Baby Orangutan

Josh is almost 1-year-old now and he is no longer the youngest in the baby house. Due to his tough start in life he does still need to wear nappies at night, but during the daytime he roams around without one. Over the last year Josh has grown considerably from the tiny baby we introduced you all to in 2015, and he is now sporting a fine amount of hair as well!

Josh the Orangutan

Slowly but surely Josh is learning about his forest surroundings, and even though he likes to spend time with his friends in the baby house he prefers to walk around and explore the forest solo. Josh will spend another couple of years in baby school relearning all of the skills he would have learnt from his mother in the wild. Then, once he is ready he will move to the first stage of forest school and continue his educational process. This might happen quicker than expected though, as our project facilitator Kate has told us that he is already more advanced than some of his orangutan friends!

Borneo Orangutan

If you want to visit the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo, home to Josh, then you can do just that by clicking here and finding out a little more about the project! Keep an eye out in the future as we hope to bring you more updates about Josh and all that he gets up to at the sanctuary!

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