She responded tentatively to the call-after all she had her baby with her- but eventually decided to grab some breakfast from her friend and handler. She seemed to recoil however, when a human with telephoto lens moved into prime position, no doubt triggering a collective memory of her tribe being hunted by men with guns. So she took the bunch of bananas and swung effortlessly back through the rainforest jungle with baby on board.
Earlier I’d arrived at Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre just in time to see one of the alpha males, probably Edwin, enjoying his morning feed of bananas and coconuts. He seemed nonplussed at the crowds of humans making appreciatve noises.
The islands of Borneo, Malaysia and Sumatra in Indonesia are the only two places in the world where Organgutans can be found in the wild. Since I was young I have always felt a pull to visit these places and experience and admire these unique animals which call to the wild thing within us humans.
Semenggoh’s rehabilitation program is doing such a great job of caring for these wild men of the rainforest that a new baby is about to be born.
I was advised that wild animals arent on show at our disposition like the poor creatures caged in zoos and the orangutans may or may not be hungry and therefore remain camouflaged in the jungle.
How lucky then, was I that I saw 2 and 1/2 of these magnificent creatures, at their best on their home turf