Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Travelling Stomach: Seeking Orangutans in Borneo

With a love for Attenborough programmes and a resulting curiosity in all wild animals, especially those closely related to ourselves, Borneo had been on our bucket list for a while.

Not only for the orangutans but also for the bizarre proboscis monkeys that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

Our tour into the Bornean rainforest was hosted by the team at Orangutan Applause, who guided us around the waters to see some of the world’s most incredible wildlife.

How can you not fall in love with such adorable, human-like creatures?!

The Orangutans

The main reason most people visit Borneo are these ginger haired apes.

There are three feeding stations located within Tanjung Puting national park which are open for tourists to visit and catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures getting their fill of bananas and sugar cane.

We visited each of these once during our two day tour and every time were lucky enough to see quite a large group of orangutans, giving us the opportunity to get some phenomenal shots as they swung in the trees above us and clambered down to grab a stash of food.

A word of warning: get there early if you want a seat on the benches, but don’t be afraid to lose your seat if you can get a better view elsewhere.

We visited in early September and the platforms were fairly busy but we could always get a great view.

Arif, our guide, warned us that over 30 boats moor up to watch these incredible creatures in peak season!

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