Amount Raised to date:
2085

Gober

Gober is an elderly female from an area consisting of rubber plantations and fruit agriculture, completely surrounded and isolated from native forest by intensive monoculture oil palm plantations. When Gober went blind (due to age-related cataracts), she began raiding crops and the villagers asked SOCP to remove her from the site.

Gober entered the quarantine centre in November 2008. Kept alone at first, in 2009 she was gradually introduced to another blind orangutan, the male Leuser, and in 2010 they were housed together. Unexpectedly, Gober fell pregnant and in February 2011 delivered healthy twins – a male and female. The male’s name is Ganteng (meaning “handsome”) and the female is Ginting (a common family/clan name from the local quarantine area). The infants are thriving under Gober’s care; she is doing a perfect job of rearing them.

Since her cataract surgery in 2012, her vision has improved immensely and it seems she does not like people! Also, Gober has not been seen to be interacting with any enrichment devices, which means that she is still a very wild animal. There is a good chance that she may be released back to the wild with her twins. This is a fantastic goal that all the staff are working hard towards.


Updates

November 2014

Gober and the twins have had a huge 6 months! The twins, Ganteng and Ginting, have developed fast and are now incredibly independent where they are displaying at the carers when they come too close (indication they are very wild) and also building wonderful day nests and night time nests throughout the cage.
Gober has continued to be a wonderful mother and given them support as needed, but has taken a well deserved break and started to push them to be more independent. All these signs = Time to be released to the wild!

SOCP is working hard to prepare them for the upcoming release into Jantho Nature Reserve, where they have the opportunity to be free again. We are thrilled they get this second chance at freedom and the twins are able to become a apart of the genetically important population.

Staff have started to work on the problem solving skills by using small puzzle boxes and feeders. These have been successful with both the twins crafting tools out of the sticks and using them to get honey and other exicting items out of hard to reach places. This enrichment will be vital for their release, and will help them access food from difficult locations.

This will be the last time we give a captive update on Gober and the twins. We will update you on the release and progress, but we encourage you to continue to support our other wonderful orang-utans, in particular Fazhren, our latest male.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following the incredible story of this gorgeous family, and we wish them the best of luck on their wild survival. There will be challenges, and we are confident they will exceed our expectations with such a wonderful mother to lead them into the future.


 

Photo 'Ganteng' male twin --  Craig Jones

 

Photo 'Ginting' - Female twin


Update May 2014: Latest photos of Gober and Twins

Latest Video of Gober & Twins – December 2013


Latest photos of Gober & Twins – December 2013

Update from Gober's Keepers - July 2013

Although born in quarantine facility and living inside a cage, Ganteng and Ginting grow up quite well, mostly on care of their own mother and less intervention from human/keepers. The twins have no medical issue and look healthy with shiny hair growing long. Ganteng weight is now around 10 kg and Ginting weight around 8kg. When it comes to food, Ganteng is not a picky one, he would eat any given fruit and greens but Ginting usually only eat what her mother Gober eat.

As the twins are developing we have also recognised a need for them to start learning about problem solving.

Keeper Activities:
As a part of an April campaign to raise much needed funds for Quarantine and improve husbandry conditions we set about developing an internal staff competition.

The goal was to upgrade the current Quarantine Centre and implement a team program.

  1. Improve the orangutan welfare and husbandry
  2. Improve the Quarantine practices
  3. Clean up and organise the centre so staff can work more efficiently
  4. Increase staff motivation – Reward those that are doing a good job.
  5. Implement staff quarantine protocols for each area they work in
  6. Staff to implement a management system in the areas they are delegated to work
  7. Increase the communications with the Quarantine Centre – between technicians, veterinarians and managers

The competition was judged by Ian Singleton and Jessica McKelson. A number of good improvements were made to the Permanent Cage facilities where Gober and her twins ‘Ginting and Ganteng reside.

  • A new enrichment device to help teach her twins to problem solve for food. This white pipe has drilled out holes where the keeper can insert peanuts and the twins must roll it around to get them out. It has proven to be a good success.
  • Additional, new balls and hammocks were put up to encourage play and nest building with the twins. This has been a slow process as the twins do not like keepers near them, so observation from abroad has seen a small increase in this behaviour.

Update - April 2013

We have fantastic news! Gober received cataract surgery in September 2012 and has responded very well. If she continues to respond positively, it is very likely she, and her young ones Ganteng and Ginting, will be released towards the end of 2013 (or 2014) to the Jambi or Jantho release sites! Keep an eye on our facebook page for further updates.

Gober has not been seen to be interacting with any enrichment devices. She is still a very wild animal. Since her cataract surgery last year, her vision has improved immensely and she does not like people! There is a good chance that she may be released back to the wild next year with her twins. This will be a fantastic goal that all the staff are working hard towards. The twins are still a little dependant on Gober, and until they can safely move about without relying on Gober too much, then we are confident that there is a good chance they will see their lives in the wild and not at Orangutan Haven!

Sumatran Orangutans Give birth to TWINS, by Alain Compost