Now she has become the first orangutan to give birth in the forest school, in an environment that is very similar to the wild. The pregnancy, however, was unplanned; in fact, Signe had a contraceptive implant. Preuschoft says, "But orangutans are pretty dexterous, and she probably removed the 'foreign body' herself."
Along with Signe, Preuschoft and her team are also caring for another six orangutans: Sri, Justin, Ung, Heli, Kiki und Robert. Step-by-step, and at their own pace, the apes are all being prepared for a life in the wild.
Four Paws is currently planning its own orangutan project, in an 87,000 hectare (approx. 215,000 acres) area of forest known as Kehje Sewen - managed by the BOS Foundation for orangutan releases - in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Preuschoft has spent the last months preparing the new project, focusing on three principal elements: safety and security in the area, putting together a solid team of carers, and preparing the orangutans which will attend the orang-utan academy.