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Our First Orangutan Sighting....

semi-overcast 95 °F

04 May 2017

Our stacked cushioned beds were surprisingly comfortable - though there was the high decibel drone of the two snoring men...and it wasn't the crew.

Bedding before netting

Bedding before netting

Bedding after netting

Bedding after netting


The sun rose about 530am and as we wandered out of our mosquito netting cocoons, we found that our boat was nestled under a very large tree filled with proboscis monkeys. More visible in the morning light, it was fun just to sit and watch. We do realize already that is going to be a HOT day.

Another delicious breakfast starts the day. The boat is underway meandering down the river with no expectations. Arif never made promises about seeing animals. What was really nice was that when we did having sightings, he wasas excited as we were. All of a sudden....oh...look ....Silver langur monkeys (aka silvery lutung). At times, they seemed to stop and pose for pictures.

Silver Langer

Silver Langer

We continue further down (or maybe up - I'm not sure) the river. Our destination is the first feeding station....but wait....the sharp eyes of Arif spots something. Could it be??? An Orangutan...a wild Orangutan!!!!

Our first wild Orangutan sighting

Our first wild Orangutan sighting


We were excited at the possibility of seeing Orangutans at the feeding stations (which means they are wild,not contained at all.) The Orangutans are very intelligent and they do know that each day there will be food twice a day if they choose to come eat. Arif tells us that at this time of the year, there is so much foliage that they don't "need" to feed at the stations. Other times of the year when food is not as plentiful - more Orangutans show up....but I digress.

Arif quickly gets on his walkie-talkie and tells Captain Limon to stop the boat. There he is - sitting up in a large tree....it was incredible. We sit quietly and watch him...take photos - of course. After a while, he gets bored with us after a while and swings away and we are off to our first feeding station. A little more info ...if you care to read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangutan

Our day proceeds to more monkey spotting....lunch and then on to Camp Leakey which was started in 1971. More information on Camp Leaky: https://orangutan.org/our-projects/research/camp-leakey/Linda ...on a mission

Linda ...on a mission

Our Fearless Leader - Arif

Our Fearless Leader - Arif

Instructions to Feeding Station

Instructions to Feeding Station

Salamat Datang.....Welcome

Salamat Datang.....Welcome

Entering Camp Leakey

Entering Camp Leakey

Even though it was raining, we couldn't tear ourselves away. Arif told us we could stay as long as we wanted which ended up being 60-90 minutes ....just watching their feeding and interaction. It was fascinating.

Coming in for a bite to eat at Camp Leakey

Coming in for a bite to eat at Camp Leakey

Hangin' Out

Hangin' Out

Big Guy

Big Guy

Just Hanging Around

Just Hanging Around

Would His Mom Approve???

Would His Mom Approve???

Camp Leakey Feeding Station

Camp Leakey Feeding Station

Borneo

Borneo

Feeding time was up and we had no choice - it was back to the boat arriving to a mug of hot ginger tea and banana fritters.

Dinner for the trip was usually about 7pm. During that time, Captain Limon and Sonny set up our sleeping accommodations and we would wonder to bed when we were tired...falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle that surrounded us.

Posted by pjburke 21:42 Archived in Indonesia Tagged organutans

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Wonderful pictures and story Patty.
What interesting animals!!!!

by Arlene Guillette

What an incredible experience! Wow! Wow! Wow!

by Rosie

Really enjoyed reading these posts about Borneo! Soon my brother is coming to visit in Karimunjawa...and we decided to go to Kalimantan/Borneo after and are going to go on this trip as well!
Greetings from Karimunjawa, hope you are doing good!

by Josephine K.

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