To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) I thought I would write a short post on Ceria, an abandoned and orphaned Orang Utan we adopted a few years ago.
Ceria was brought into Sepilok in 2007 aged 11 months, dehydrated and malnourished, weighing only 2kg. Shortly after arriving at SORC, Ceria was rushed into intensive care, and after a good two years of constant care, he started to show good signs of recovering. From 2009 onwards, Ceria started to develop the skills needed to be released back into the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, which surrounds the rehabilitation centre. After a further two years of hard work and patience, Ceria was finally released back into the wild into the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, by this time Ceria was weighing a healthy 20kg.
During our last visit to SORC in 2012 we where lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Ceria, and it is fair to say he is looking healthy. I believe from time to time he still comes into the semi-wild area of SORC, but now he also has the choice to roam the wilds of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve as he was first meant to.
Our small annual donation of approximately 300 Danish krone (£30, €40, US$45) was a small investment compared to the wonderful and loyal local staff as well as the volunteers. Hopefully SORC can continue to thrive and protect the Orang Utan for future generations to see.