Orang Utan Naming
Name Lucky's 2nd Baby!
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be launching another Orangutan Naming Contest – Lucky’s 2nd Baby!
Submit your name suggestion for Lucky's son
1. Like & follow our pages on Facebook and Instagram – Sukau Rainforest Lodge
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments section with the hashtag #luckyandday
3. Submit an entry through our submission form
2. An Orangutan 3D Mug from Wild Borneo Boutique
2. T-shirt of your choice from Wild Borneo Boutique
The Resident Orangutans of Sukau Rainforest Lodge
If you’ve been following us or have visited us in the past, you might be familiar with our resident orangutans here at the lodge! The mother-son duo was first spotted sometime in 2014 at our Hornbill Boardwalk, but they only appeared every 3-4 months or so.
As 2015 rolled in, they quickly came closer to the lodge and were seen a lot more frequently, popping up to say hi to our guests every so often. They became incredibly popular visitors at our lodge, and it also seemed like they chose to stick around, probably because of the abundant of fruit trees they just couldn’t resist!
That was when we decided to hold an orangutan naming competition open to our guests! The pair was named Lucky and Day – courtesy of our in-house guest Kate Williams.
Fast forward to 2019, we were delighted to find that Lucky was actually carrying a newborn! Nowadays, Day has been venturing out on his own and doing his own exploring but being a mama’s boy he’s still keeping close to his mother.
Recently we’ve been able to identify the gender of the newborn, and guess what it’s a boy! With that we’re happy to announce that we’ll be launching another Orangutan Naming Contest – Lucky’s 2nd Baby!
The lucky winner will be getting a certificate and merchandises from Wild Borneo Boutique, that will be sent to you!
The contest terms and conditions are also available on our post on Facebook and Instagram pages.
Get to know Lucky and Day!
- Mother orangutan and her new born baby spotted for the first time at Hornbill Boardwalk
- She kept a safe distance of at least 50 meters away from humans
- Was mostly in hiding
- Only appeared with her baby every three or four months
- Mother orangutan and her baby started approaching closer to the lodge. Baby orangutan begun roaming freely while mother watches from a near distance. Both have become more curious towards humans
- They quickly became our resident orangutans because of the abundant fruit trees around the lodge and no threats or disturbance from humans
- We held a naming contest to name mother and baby orangutan. Our guest Kate Williams was the lucky winner who chose the name “Lucky” for mother and “Day” for the baby, that symbolizes a lucky day for anyone who get to see them roaming in the wild
- Lucky and Day roamed closer to our Ape Gallery
- Day has reached the juvenile age of 2-3 years of age
- Both orangutans have grown very familiar with human presence and don’t mind the attention of having their photos taken
- They love spending time eating fruits on a Tarap Tree (Artocarpus sp) and Strangling Gif Tree located next to the Ape Gallery (Their favourite!)
- Lucky made a nest for her and Day around Hornbill Boardwalk area
- Lucky and Day’s visit to the lodge have become more frequent. They can be seen every month
- They have even reached the villa areas even though construction work is being done there
- In December, they made a surprise appearance at Melapi Restaurant by the river bank
- Today, Lucky and Day can still be seen around the lodge, especially around Hornbill Boardwalk, the villas, Kari Boardwalk and as far as our Melapi restaurant
- It is always a delight for us and our guests to see them and though they are our resident orangutans and are seen more frequently now, it’s always a ‘Lucky Day’ for us to still spot them around the lodge!
- Lucky gave birth to a new baby!
- Lucky prevents Day to stay too near while she is caring for a new baby. Day adapts to his new surrounding and often sighted left alone without mother in sight
- Studies suggest that juveniles follow their mother learning everything from her for 6-7 years, but some cases found female juvenile started to leave their mother when they reach 5 years old, while male juvenile can stick around until 10 years old! So it’s kind of special case for Day having to leave his mother this early
- Gender of the new baby is unknown
- Orangutans are non-social ape, so it is amazing to witness Day reunited with Lucky The Mother and the new baby less than 10 meters away from each other. We think he misses his mom :'(
- Gender of the new baby is still unknown however, early observation might suggest it’s a boy!