OFI Australia Foster Orangutan Carmen

Carmen (Foster Kit)

$100.00 / year

Everyone is captivated by little Carmen. From the OFI Care Centre staff to the Western volunteers, she delights everyone. She was tiny when she first arrived at the Care Centre in 2014, after she was confiscated by local Forestry officers.

Carmen is still young and small. Her long scarlet locks and bright eyes distinguish her and amplify her prettiness.

She gets along well with all her orangutan friends, male or female. Humans are the ones that make her wary.  Carmen can be very shy with people and prefers to stick with familiar care givers. When someone she doesn’t know reaches for her hand or tries to stroke her long pretty hair, she nervously moves away. However, once you’ve become her friend, she will trust you no matter what. This personality trait in no way reflects an unfriendly orangutan as Carmen is always gentle and calm natured with those she has come to know well.

Carmen is an orangutan with a number of mannerisms that make her distinctive. Like a child who sucks her thumb for comfort, Carmen enjoys rolling her lips and sucking them inwards. She will do so from time to time when she is concentrating hard, climbing, or looking at her surroundings on the back of a caregiver on her way to infant school. When there is a cool wind breeze – and when she is feeling particularly playful – Carmen enjoys holding on to the trunk of a tree and dramatically panting out air with her mouth wide open, much like a dragon!

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  • By becoming an Orangutan Foster Parent, you will help care for the displaced and orphaned orangutans at the OFI Care Centre and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility, during their rehabilitation back to the wild.
  • As a Foster Parent you will contribute to providing the medical, dietary and emotional care that the orangutans need to thrive.
  • Standard Foster Kits are $100.00 each. Please add $8.00 postage if you would like your standard foster kit posted to you.
  • Each Foster Kit includes an electronic kit about your orangutan including biographical information, a frameable certificate, photos and updates on their progress every six months.
  • Deluxe Foster Kit includes the standard Foster kit plus 35cm Rumba Orangutan Toy and postage/handling