Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia – This was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans. We are told that Orangutans have a 96% match genetically to humans. Seeing them in action, it is easy to believe they are a match to humans.
Borneo’s forests have been degraded by logging and cleared for palm oil plantations, the orangutan has lost huge expanses of its habitat. In 1973, the Borneo was home to an estimated 288,500 orangutans. By 2012, their numbers had dropped by almost two-thirds, to 104,700, and the decline has continued.
The Orangutans are fascinating to see with their human expressions, and crazy red hair. They are skillful acrobats, maneuvering around trees and vines effortlessly. We watch until they climb higher and higher and eventually they are swallowed in the Jungle.
At the end we are rewarded when this young male Orangutan , who is more brazen than his sister and comes near us. He drinks a bottle of milk with a vitamin mix. You can see his little sister on the left, watching him.
Rangers place food on a platform a short way from us. Within minutes it attracts two young Orangutans. They swing above our heads like trapeze artists. All of us are watching with our faces turned upwards. Then this little male Orangutan swings above us and showers us with his pee. But he makes me smile ..