Orangutan Island Double Feature tonight on Animal Planet
Don't miss tonight's episodes of Orangutan Island, featuring the
orangutans of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation's Nyaru Menteng
At 8:30--River's Rewards
Nadi's life hangs by a thread after her encounter with the deadly pit
viper, as the vet team begins treatment. Meanwhile, the dry season has
transformed the island's landscape, and the river banks now tower
above the river providing a new playground.
At 9:00--Rumble in the Jungle
With the one year milestone for the ORANGUTAN ISLAND community
looming, the orphans have made real progress in most of their forest
skills but for one. A surprising number are not living in the
treetops, which is vital for their survival from predators.
As a baby Nadi spent her days in torment, locked in a tiny cage
outside a house on the banks of a river. She was being kept as a pet
but could barely stand up in her cage and was desperately
malnourished. She was taken to the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and
Rehabilitation Center where she began a process of growth and
recovery, but her terrible past left her with a unique response to
fear. Whenever she is afraid or unsure, she opens her mouth in a large
Of all the orangutans transferred to their new home, Nadi was the most
difficult to relocate. She was desperate not to get on the boat that
would take her to the island. Lone suspected that the sound of the
boat engine sparked terrifying memories of her caged existence as a
pet. Since that first hurdle, Nadi has been going from strength to
strength and is very independent.
Nadi is the first to raise the alarm when danger appears on the
island. She uses her characteristic open-mouthed pose that the others
have come to understand as a signal that she is nervous.
Although she is a small female, Nadi isn't afraid of putting the big
boys in their place.
Stats and Quirks
Character: Wary, smart and bold
Alias: The Alarm Bell
ID Tips: Dark face with raccoon eyes; distinct "V" hairline; yawns
Quirk/Dysfunction: Opens her mouth in a yawn pose when she is nervous,
angry or scared.
Listen to Lone Droscher-Nielsen talk about Nadi:
A variety of video clips available here:
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