Our first stop this morning was the Semenggoh Wildlife Sanctuary, South of Kuching. The Sanctuary is a large forested area with a botanical section attached to the offices. It opens from 8-10am and again 2-4pm to allow visitors the chance to see the Orangutang that live there. Most of the animals have been rescued from areas (often cleared for Oil Palm) where they have come into conflict with humans away from the forest, but an increasing number have been born in the sanctuary.

As we walked into the forest Orangutang began to appear and a number of them made use of the feeding station supplied by trusted guides.

I was worried that the sanctuary may be more of a zoo but it was clear that the Orangutang are very much wild and only use the feeding station if they fancy it. Apparently there are several times when none appear especially when there is lots of fruit on the trees.

The relationship seemed similar to the one I have with the birds in my garden who use my feeder but otherwise do their own thing.


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  1. Gareth Buckle says:

    What another incredible experience! And I’m glad to hear they are basically living wild (just with a bit of help) perhaps there is still hope for some species

  2. Nicky Albrow says:

    As Eleanor will know, this is the day that I am most jealous of!!! I adore orangutans and could sit and watch them hours. Fascinating creatures!!!! I hope you got a couple of good photos Eleanor!!! Just wonderful…❤

  3. Roddy Macaulay says:

    So many amazing memories! This online log will be so good to use in the future to refresh those memories. Thank you!

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      I can report that Harris really enjoyed squid this evening to go with yesterdays jellyfish

  4. Tash says:

    Wow! What an amazing thing to see! That will be a memory to keep forever!