Monkey Business

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 14, 2007

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

The rest of the Borneo trip hinged around orang-utans and proboscis monkeys both of which are only found in Borneo and are suffering from loss of habitat.

We visited the Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary and really enjoyed the displays of the semi wild orangs being looked after before being slowly distanced from man so that they can be released into the wild. Small orangs are very tempting pets and the mothers are often killed in the process of kidnapping the baby. The sanctuary founded on the whole by an English charity rescue the baby "pets" with a view to re releasing them - however a baby orang normally stays with its mum for six years - almost as bad as Robert and David - so there is plenty of teaching and rearing work for this centre to carry out.

Overall it was a MUST on any visit to Borneo and Gill and I feel really privileged to have seen these lovely animals.

We also took a couple of boat rides to witness the antics of the proboscis monkey - the alpha male caused some entertainment when we heard that he maintained an erection for 24 hours and lived with up to seventeen females in a treetop harem. We found one such group and he did not look too shagged out which is just as well because he has to balance all night on a twig and watch out for the tearaway bachelor groups who would love to get a piece of the action.

A touch of coral snorkeling and white water rafting and now we pack for the Philippines and the three day drinking binge (hopefully) with Surrey University rent-a-crowd (excuse - Mick's 50th birthday) at the Shangri La Manila.

Another chapter has finished - we had a great time with the other members of the tour party - three Aussie lasses (Merle, Gail and Paula) , one Canadian (Andrew) and an English couple (Pat and Jean) - we had a great "spirit of adventure" (we needed to) and a lot of laughs despite "you may call me Jo" making up the trip as he went along.
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