Eyos, a female orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo, was recently released into the Tabin Forest Reserve. Her reintroduction was part of a post release monitoring project sponsored by Orangutan Appeal UK, in cooperation with the Sabah Wildlife Department.
Project Director, primatologist James Robbins, noted that Eyos was getting bullied by many of the other females at Sepilok and clearly needed her own space to live away from other orangutans.
She is the first of six orangutans the team is releasing into Tabin in 2013. All of the apes are implanted with a radio telemetry transmitter so that the team can stay in regular contact with them over the next several years. Wielding antennas, the team follows them 13 hours a day in the forest. The project is the first to use radio-telemetry to track apes in the wild.
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