Orangutan Robin

Because he loves humans so much, Robin will never be able to be released into the wild. We need your help to give him a long, fulfilling life at our ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL in Borneo.

Name meaning: Full name ‘Robinson’. Named after Robinson Crusoe; because of his isolation, it is like he is the only one on his island.

Born in 2009

Bio: Robin arrived to us from a private zoo which was closed by the authorities. In captivity, he had grown very attached to humans- loving nothing more than to play tricks on his human caregivers. We knew straight away that he couldn’t be released back into the wild: he would seek out human settlements, which would put him in danger of violence. 

This means we have to do everything in our power to give Robin a rich, fulfilling life under our care. We want to build a larger enclosure that gives him more space and the opportunity to live in an environment as close to his natural habitat as possible; with trees to climb and ropes to swing from, and in the future, hopefully another unreleasable orangutan to give him company. 

Favourite past-times: Robin loves trust games! He offers his finger to be chewed gently by a human friend, also inviting us to do the same. He even covers his teeth with his lips to show how nice and friendly he is! 

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