Nita is a beauty with long red, curly hair. She was only 18 months old when she was remove a year ago from a family in Central Kalimantan. Within this family she was looked after as if she was their own child. Inspite of all the love Nita received, she is still an orangutan who belongs in the forest; it is only there that she can be happy, find friends and live an orangutan life.

On the 13th November 2008, the communication team at the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Nyaru Menteng received letter from the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) that two orangutans were living in Sampit, Central Kalimantan. The rescue and confiscation team, which included Fransiska (a vet), Tuta (in charge of Communication), Nandany (BKSDA), and Ujang (the driver), prepared everything immediately. They loaded the rescue cage onto the car and set off to save the young orangutans in question.

The family which had Nita made quite a good impression; it seemed as though their baby orangutan had been quite well cared for. Some people in Indonesia keep orangutans as pets and care for them as if they were their own babies. As orangutans belong in the forest, they are not meant to be handled as pets. Luckily, after a short explanation the family understood the situation. They voluntarily handed the little orangutan over to the team with the explanation that they would be 'sad to see their "baby" ... grow up without any friends'. They had named the female orangutan "Nita"; she looked well cared for and the family told the rescue team that they had showered Nita everyday.

Nita was returned to PROKT - Nyaru menteng where they had health checks. The vet estimated that Nita was 18 months old. She weighed 6 kg. To prevent any possible spread of disease, she was placed in quarantine for two weeks. After being quarantined, and when all her test results proved to be negative, she was allowed into baby school.

In baby school Nita had to be placed with the youngest orangutans as she had no climbing skills whatsoever. It also turned out that it was very difficult to feed her as she had been used to eating cake and drinking tea whilst she had lived in Sampit. Since she arrived, Nita has only put on 3 kg as she won't entertain much of the orangutan food.

She now weighs 9 kg. Nita avoids the other orangutans and stays with her human babysitter all day long. It will be hard work for the babysitters to rehabilitate her. However Nyaru Menteng's babysitters are up to the challenge.

Background Story Nita
Certificate of adoption Nita