Calm and playful at the same time! When Natalia is in the forest, her climbing skills shine. She moves through tangles of vines as easily as if she was climbing up stairs.

But she doesn’t feel the need to be constantly on the move. As she arrives at a new place, she may spend a long time just sitting and contemplating everything around her, an activity she particularly likes to pursue from high up in the canopy. This is how she finds her own bliss in the forest – just relaxing and taking in her surroundings.

Sometimes she might lie down on the forest floor, propped up against a tree, lazily munching on a clump of berries and staring off into the forest canopy. Or as she’s walking along and picking up plants by the roots, she might abruptly stop to just look around as if struck by a sudden thought. As she makes her way slowly and thoughtfully through the forest, Natalia prefers to move by herself and stay hidden. Indeed, sometimes she sneaks away covertly and caregivers have difficulty locating her when it is time to go back to the sleeping enclosures for a meal.

When she comes across her orangutan peers, she is always up for taking a few minutes for a playful wrestling match. Natalia’s dark, unblemished face reflects a soul that is at peace in the forest. We hope she can find that peace as a wild orangutan in the near future!

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