Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A morning with the Orang Utans

One of the things I've been wanting to do for a while, is visit one of the many orang utan rehabilitation centers here on Borneo. Of course I've seen orang utans before at different zoological gardens, but it's just not the same as seeing them in their natural habitat.

Here on Borneo there are quite a few different places you can go, to see how they work with and look after orang utans and act like a sort of half-way place, to rehabilitate them so that they can go back into the wild and thrive. The Nature Reserve at the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort is one of them.
We had booked in for a morning visit to the Reserve.

First we got to see a short film about how they work with the orang utans at another rehabilitation center close to KK, in Sepilok. It was quite an interesting little movie.

Then we walked off into the jungle, up to the viewing area, to try and see some of the orang utans that currently live in the reserve.

There they were!
Two of them came over nearly right away, came right up close and climbed around in the trees over our heads. Lots of opportunities for nice photos!

There is nothing fencing them in, they can roam just as free as they want, but they stay close to the reserve. Probably because they get fed there!
Here they are at the feeding platform where they got served some fruit:

Currently this Nature Reserve cares for four orang utans, three of them live out in the jungle and the last one, Tenten, who is just a baby, is cared for in a special enclosure. She has to be kept separatly until she gets old enough to mix with the older orang utans.

She did come out for a little bit to do some training, and we got to meet her too - she was very, very cute!

It was a really nice visit, and what a nice setting too!

After some souvenir shopping, we were done and headed back to KK for the afternoon.

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