The orangutan lady Mina – feared by many visitors, guides and other orangutans in the depths of the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park. Because of her sometimes aggressive attacks, she is probably the most well-known among the semi-wild orangutans in Bukit Lawang. So you better watch out and take a step back, if Mina comes too close.

Due to her traumatic experiences of her past with humans, the orang-utans sometimes reacts aggressively towards humans, Neither in captivity nor at the release station she was treated well. At a young age as a baby she was forcibly separated from her mother. Afterwards she was held in captivity for a long time.

In the earlier years quite a few orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia have been kept in captivity, from forced prostitution, sexual activities and aggressive behavior towards the animals. These experiences can lead to devastating post-traumatic consequences for orangutans. Not only for humans, but other living beings on earth can suffer from a traumatic past, so that the behavior of Mina is by no means an exception.

In 2007 apes were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the first time. An international research team found out that chimpanzees and orangutans can fully develop a PTSD. With lots of love, earth and affection the animals can be healed, though it takes a lot of time. Depending on the personality and the age of the apes, one can counteract the traumatic consequences. However, not every orangutan likes to be close to humans in the first place, so patience is the key to a successful rehabilitation.

So we all should Mina, the orangutan lady in the national park of Sumatra, Bukit Lawang show much respect and give her the necessary freedom, because she still seems trapped in her actions because of her early years in captivity.

Nevertheless, with the guides of ORANG 2 UTAN you are always well taken care of. All of them have an incredible sense of how to handle and approach the animals in their natural habitat, as well as, recognize the behavior patterns of the orangutans, so that our guests are safe on a jungle trek.