It is with great sadness that we must share some devastating news about Ginting from our adoption programme.
Ginting was a much loved member of our adoption programme and had been living free in the Jantho Reserve with her mother Gober. Mother and daughter were going so well in the forest- finding lots of forest fruits and making sleeping nests in the canopy. It was a shattering blow to staff that had worked with Gober and Ginting for so long to find little Ginting’s fragile body on the forest floor.
Dr. Ian Singleton, director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, has written a detailed account and touching tribute to Ginting at this link, explaining what may have happened to Ginting:
We know that, just like the team at TOP, our adopters love and are highly invested in their adopted orangutans. We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your generous support of our adoption programme. Stories like Ginting’s death can be crushing, but we must hold onto hope and continue to provide the opportunity for orangutans to return to their true forest home.
Ganteng is currently undergoing intensive training to prepare him for release into the Jantho Reserve in the future and we will continue to provide updates on Ganteng.
Rest, or nest in peace little Ginting.