People of the Forest: Orang-utans

Trip Start Aug 27, 2012
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Sepilok is a tiny little place close to the city of Sandakan in Sabah. It is the second most popular tourist destination in Sabah after the mountain. Why? For the Orangutan sanctuary located here. Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary is probably the most popular place in Borneo to see semi-wild Orangutans. The reserve is a beautiful chunk of rainforest that is home to between 60-80 rehabilitated Orangutans that have been relocated from logging sites, palm oil plantations, or for protection from hunters. The Orangutans live freely in the 25 square km reserve, but habitually come to a platform twice a day for feeding. The word Orang-utan comes from the Malay words for person and forest, hence meaning People of the forest. It was incredible to see these animals behavior; so human like. And they are very clever. During the feeding time, a group of Orangutans was on the feeding platform that is reached via several rope bridges from surrounding trees. When the food comes out, other monkies (primarily Macaques) are attracted to the feeding area. As the dominant male of the Macaque group attempted to cross one of the rope bridges to access the feeding platform, one of the Orangutans grabbed the rope and bounced it up and down so that the Macaque couldn't get across. Brilliant! Enjoy some photos.
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