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.