We went to Borneo to see Orangutans  -  wild, partly tamed, adults, babies and juveniles

Founded in 1964, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in the Malaysian Sabah district of North Borneo

is 43 sq kms of protected land  at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Between 60 and 80 Orangutans

are living free in the reserve, with another 25 orphaned youngsters being housed in the nurseries in the hope

that they can be successfully rehabilitated to the wild.

 

 

These photos are of younger Orangutans in the outdoor nursery where they are fed twice daily

and are encouraged to climb and play with animals of a similar age and size. 

We were in a glassed viewing area - to be quarantined away from the Urangutans.

Hence some photos have glass reflections on them

 

 

 

 

These general views show the size of the platforms and outdoor nursery.

The area is open to the forest, but the youngsters rarely move far, due to the

pulling power of 2 free feeds daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short walk away, and apparently in the middle of the jungle, is another feeding platform.

We turned up just as the carer was delivering breakfast in a large cane basket strapped on his back.

 

 

The dominant male Orangutan turned up - which doesn't happen every day

He has prominent and large flappy cheek pads called phlanges - a sign of maturity - as well as large throat sacks

This male is semi-wild as he is being rehabilitated.

He does not appear for food every day, so we were lucky to see him, as well as several different females

(larger photo here)

 

 

  

 

One female was confident enough to move down the ropes and grab a bunch of bananas.

Her feat is pictured below

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Mama Orangutan had such a small, young baby. The dominant male is the Dad

 

 

 

 

You can never see too many Orangutans!!

We enjoyed watching this adult female selecting bananas

 

 

This bold Macaque monkey stole from under the noses of his much larger brethren. He ended up with quite a haul