20 days of Ramadhan have passed by. As Moslems, fasting is an obligation but it doesn’t become an obstacle for our orangutan monitoring routine. We are happy and very excited to do both; fasting while monitoring the orangutans.
In the month of Ramadhan, we have to wake up at 3 am to have sahur, an early breakfast before sunrise. After sahur, we started to prepare all the gears for monitoring activity. Our schedule that day was to follow Leo.
We left Camp 103 at 04.30 am, walking as far as 3.1 km to Lembu River where Leo is usually around. After almost an hour of walking, we finally reached the location. Leo was there, still sound asleep. We decided to take some rest while waiting for Leo to wake up.
Leo finally woke up at around 07.30 in the morning. We started to observe and write down all of his activities. We didn’t want to miss a thing. Although the morning was very cold and some of us felt very sleepy, but seeing the active Leo made us very excited too!
That morning, Leo played happily up on the trees, moving from one to another all the way up to the hill. We kept following him no matter what since we need to write down all of his activities orderly.
Around 3.45 pm, the weather gradually changed. The blazing sun started covered with clouds. We took out our raincoats and prepared some plastics to cover our notes. Meanwhile, Leo was enjoying barks of jackfruit trees (Artocarpus sp.) when rain finally poured really hard. Nevertheless, we still managed to observe and collect the data.
At half past five, it was still drizzling but Leo started to build his nest anyway. We observed him as carefully as possible. After 20 minutes, the nest was ready. Leo crawled into his nest and slept right away. We left Lembu River after made sure Leo was asleep and not going anywhere else.
In the middle on the way back to the camp, we stopped for a moment for iftar, breaking our fast. We took a rest for a while and drank water. The journey then continued and we had iftar meals together at Camp 103. As usual, we only had light meal for iftar, continued with normal dinner after the prayer. With our energy fully recharged, we proceeded to do tarawih prayer together. It was a very pleasant feeling to be able to fulfill religious and spiritual deeds while being surrounded by nature. We are indeed having a unique Ramadhan experience here in the forest!
Text and photos by: Putri Wulansari (PRM Coordinator)