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Dear Friends,


With generous support from people all around the globe, 2012 has been a year filled with deeply satisfying accomplishments for Orangutan Foundation International.


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 In this Issue

  • Orangutan of the Month: Uci
  • News from the Field: Boncel and Josmik Get a New Enclosure 
  • Jungle Corner: Bornean Bristlehead 
  • Conservation Partners: Thanks, Kong Toys! 
  • Rimba Raya News: 200,000 Acres Preserved in Rimba Raya  



This confident orangutan teenager is a delight to be around and an excellent  role model for her peers.


News from the Field   


Boncel and Josmik Get a New Enclosure! 

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Jungle Corner 

Bornean Bristlehead

Pityriasis gymnocephala 


Taxonomy: Animalia; Chordata; Aves; Passeriformes; Pityriaseidae


Threat Status: Near Threatened (on the IUCN Red List)  


Distribution: Brunei; Indonesia (Borneo); Malaysia (Borneo)


Ecology: The Bornean Bristlehead predominantly eats large invertebrates such as beetles, cicadas, cockroaches, termites and spiders. It has also been known to eat small reptiles and amphibians.


Habitat: The Bristlehead is indigenous to Borneo. It typically lives in primary and secondary lowland forests, including peat swamp forests. A social bird, the Bristlehead travels through the forest canopy in small flocks of 6 to 10 birds. It has been known to travel in mixed-species feeding flocks with other forest birds.


Morphology: The Bristlehead is a medium-sized black or dark grey bird with a black hooked bill and short tail. Adults are 26-28cm (10-11in). They have a red head and neck, grey ear-coverts, and a white wing-patch only visible during flight. The name Bristlehead can be attributed to the bird's featherless crown which is covered in short skin projections, like bare feather shafts. Females have a red patch on their flanks and yellow feet. The Bristlehead is a noisy bird known for making unmusical calls including high-pitched nasal whining, honks, whistles, and chortles.



Conservation Partners


Orangutans Love Kong Toys!


For OFI's 340 orphaned orangutans living at the Care Center and Quarantine, the holiday gift-giving season arrived a few weeks early with the delivery of a huge package filled with an assortment of colorful Kong toys, thanks to the kind generosity of the Kong Company


Box of Kong Toys Originally designed for dogs, Kong toys have been used at the Care Center for several years as an effective enrichment object.  When stuffed with tasty treats, these durable yet soft rubber toys stimulate orangutans' curiosity and help to hone food foraging skills they'll need in the wild. The Kong Company, which donates toys to various wildlife sanctuaries around the world, provided OFI with more than 100 toys of all shapes, colors, and sizes, guaranteeing hours of orangutan enrichment!  Many thanks to the Kong Company!




Indonesia Approves Landmark Forest Protection Project


Fern Four years in the making, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve will protect nearly 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres), much of it carbon-rich peat swamp forest at risk of being felled for palm oil plantations. Read more.



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