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Close encounters of a monkey kind – visiting a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre

Close encounters of a monkey kind – visiting a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre

Borneo is famous for a orangutans and a prominence for many travellers here is to see them in a wild. While it is probable to join trips going low into a jungles of Sarawak and Sabah, these can be costly and while there are an estimated 20,000 or so orangutans in Borneo there’s no pledge you’ll indeed come opposite them.

Orangutans are naturally bashful creatures and live singular lives mostly adult in a trees so it can be tough to come opposite them.

Orangutans are mostly arboreal, definition they live in a trees. Pic: Joanne Lane.


So many brief on time that wish guaranteed sightings will revisit places like a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre, customarily outward Kuching (Sarawak) or a Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary circuitously Sandakan (Sabah).

I visited a former during my revisit to Kuching as we was really penetrating to see these “people of a forest” – a approach interpretation of a name orang utan. What’s critical to note about a orangutans during Semenggoh is that while they aren’t utterly vital in a wild, they are mostly giveaway to come and go as they please.

Food is supposing twice daily to addition their needs as there simply isn’t adequate stable timberland left for them to roam. Apparently vast adults will naturally ramble a vast area of timberland any day customarily to find adequate to eat, so though a supplemented diet during Semenggoh there wouldn’t be adequate food for them all.

Orangutans are of march an involved class and thankfully stable by law in Malaysia. Authorities have been perplexing to negate their detriment of habitat, and a live animal trade, that has decimated their numbers, by environment adult these reconstruction centres.

Feeding time during Semenggoh. An orang-utan reaches down for an egg. Pic: Joanne Lane.

We had a automobile and motorist to take us to Semenggoh from a hotel in Kuching as there were utterly a few of us. This saved us a 20 notation travel from a gate, as a open bus, series 6, customarily drops we during a entrance. It also earnings during 5pm so we have to watch a time if we go in a afternoon.

It is best to revisit during a feeding times that take place daily from 9-10am and 3-3.30 pm. There’s customarily a substantial throng collected for these so it’s not a totally singular or camera giveaway experience, though once a orangutans start nearing we forget about all else.

Around 9am workers during a refuge started putting out fruit for a primates. This seemed to be primarily bananas and pawpaw though apparently they are lustful of figs, eggs and even a sharp durian. For awhile we all stood there with a gawk skyward to a trees anticipating to locate a glance of them.

Before prolonged a initial of a primates seemed – a prolonged reddish hair graphic opposite a immature leaflet of a trees. It was a assured youth masculine and it worked a approach along a good placed wire with implausible lively until it could strech down and collect contentedly during a offerings. It seemed unfazed by a throng collected nearby.

Minutes after a mom and baby arrived. The youngster seemed roughly dumbstruck by all a courtesy and gazed during us with far-reaching eyes, stealing intermittently in a mother’s hair. Meanwhile silent herself hardly blinked during a watchful assembly while she took a offering bottle of divert and sucked away. They seemed roughly tellurian in some of their mannerisms and it was easy to see where a name “person of a forest” had come from.

A mom and baby during Semenggoh. Pic: Joanne Lane.


By this theatre some-more and some-more orangutans began to appear—1, 2, 5, 10… we mislaid count—and what had creatively been a vast organisation of 30-plus tourists began to waste as people wandered off to follow a sold primate.

We had been educated about how to act around a orangutans and not to give them food, fume in front of them, hold them or get in their way. At times it was unfit to follow a final of these instructions as spasmodic one of them would simply seem within metres of a done paths, above we in a trees and spasmodic on a trail with you.

When they did come to belligerent they lumbered along in an roughly laughable way, babies retained to their chests, though would afterwards unexpected pitch gracefully adult by a bend and disappear above you.

There was a notice house in a closeness that listed a names of any one and some of a park wardens forked them out when they appeared. There was Ritchie, Rose, Anaku, Selina, Murray and many others. Their date of births were given and their age and mother, if known.

When a food ran out shortly after 10am, and they were delighted with a feast, they began to leave customarily as they had arrived. One by one they flitted off into a trees; there would be flashes of red hair here and there and afterwards they would disappear behind a leaves, accurately like people of a forest.

For some-more information we can hit a Visitors Information Centre during a National Parks Office, tel: (+6) 082 248088 Fax: (+6) 082 248087 or a Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (+6) 082 618423.

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