The Orang Utan is synonymous with Borneo, perhaps more than any other animal. Known for their intelligence, long arms and reddish-brown hair, Orang Utans are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, Vietnam and China. Their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian phrase orang hutan, meaning “man of the forest”.
As part of my recent exploratory weekend getaway to Kuching, I had my first experience seeing live Orang Utans at the Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center. Strategically located approximately 20 kilometres or 40 minutes away from Kuching, the Semenggoh Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center is one of Malaysia’s best-known sanctuaries for the endangered Orang Utan.
Weather was not on our side but as we had only 1 day left in Kuching and since we have pre-purchased the van shuttle and entrance tickets, we decided to go on with the visit to Semenggoh despite the continuous heavy rain.
Our gamble paid off as the rain stopped for a while allowing for some Orang Utan actions.
The centre provides adequate info on the Orang Utan. An interesting read while waiting for the sighting of the Orang Utans.
Details of all 26 Orang Utans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Nora, Lela and Richie are as old young as me! 😛
Briefing by the centre’s personnel.
It was then feeding time for the Orang Utan, this is the time when the semi-wild Orang Utan emerge from the rainforest, descending from the forest canopy to the lower branches of trees near feeding platform.
We had fun just looking at the facial expressions given by the Orang Utans. Entertaining.
Mother-son/daughter duo also came for the free food!
Check out the long arm!
Camera shy mother.
I don’t blame her for being camera shy, look at the number of cameras pointing to their direction!
Another stretch to get the bananas.
LOVE! So attached to the mother.
Ensuring that the child also get some food.
Out of nowhere, came another Orang Utan.
Three is a crowd, so the mother-child duo left.
We then braved the rain to get to another feeding platform, the one about 200m from the entrance.
The viewing platform supposed to offer more Orang Utan action but probably due to the rain, we only got to see a couple of Orang Utan coming down for the food.
This one is quite cool, the right hand never let go of the ‘rope’ while the left hand was busy stuffing as much food as possible!
All you can eat buffet!
The good news is that it’s not all for him/her. The bananas were distributed to others who did not come down. Good family spirit! 🙂
One for the album before we left the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre.
A good 40 minutes experience and worth every single cent spent! 🙂 We were so excited about seeing Orang Utan for the first time that almost immediately after the Kuching trip, we bought tickets to Sandakan for Sept 2011 to check out the Orang Utans at Sepilok.
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