Proboscis & Orangutans

Proboscis & Orangutans

For Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge #28: Wild animals

Above, you can see a proboscis monkey that I meet in Sarawak, and below are some photos of orangutans taken a few years ago at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah, Borneo

Today, around 60 to 80 orangutans are living independently in the reserve, which covers an area of 43 sq km, much of which is virgin rainforest.

There is also an Orangutan Nursery in the reserve, where young orangutans who, for various reasons, have lost their mothers in the wild, are taken care of. They are completely dependent on their parents up to the age of six, and without help, they cannot survive later in the rainforest.

At the nursery, the young orangutans learn the essentials such as finding food, building shelter, and climbing. They are trained to survive again in the wild and released into the rainforest as soon as they are ready. It’s an invaluable effort to try to save the endangered orangutans. However, the destruction of rainforests, forest fires, and poaching continue to be the biggest threats to these amazing animals.

The Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1964 with the aim of rehabilitating orphaned and confiscated orangutans. Today, the center faces major problems with orangutans habituated to humans. This makes me reflect on my visits among these amazing animals with mixed emotions.

The photo below is a treasured memory from Bako National Park in Sarawak. My dear husband and I hiked in the rainforest, hoping to see wild animals, and the chances of seeing proboscis monkeys were quite good. We were lucky; I’ve never been so close to a wild proboscis monkey as I was then.

Wild proboscis monkeys, which are only found in Borneo, are usually seen climbing high in the trees at dawn and dusk. My husband and I, along with two others, sit down there and look up at the monkeys from a small boat on the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo. A marvelous experience.

Walking in the rainforest at night is exciting, but if I’m lucky enough to see an animal, I’m not the best at taking photos in the dark. However, this nice-looking Malaysian Buffy Fish Owl gets to join anyway.

Concluding this post with a thought provoking quote that will speak for my last photo.

Wild animals are less wild and more human than many humans of this world.”
– Munia Khan


13 responses to “Proboscis & Orangutans”

  1. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Fantastic photos. I’ve never seen the first one. He is cool looking 😀

    1. Anita Avatar

      Thank you Cee 😀

    1. Anita Avatar

      Thank you for commenting.

  2. bpz3 Avatar

    WOW! Fantastiskt fina bilder. Har aldrig tyckt att orangutanger är söta, men nu jämfört med den gräsligt fula näsapan måste jag säga att de är riktigt snygga;-)
    Nästan så att man tror att näsapan håller dig undan för h*n vet att h*n ‘r så ful;-)

    PS. Det var premiär för mig med. Kan inte minnas att jag sett en näsapa förut. DS.

    1. Anita Avatar

      Tack Beate! Du såg näsapor hos mig i mars 2017, inte lätt för dig att minnas :)))

  3. Kristallina Avatar

    Helt underbara bilder på dessa fantastiska varelser. Vilken upplevelse att komma dem så nära. Intressant att man tar hand om för unga apor.
    Ditt citat: Mitt i prick 🎯

    1. Anita Avatar

      Tack Snälla!

  4. Greta DH Avatar

    These are exceptional photos, Anita. Most of us will never see these beautiful animals in real life, certainly not in the wilderness.
    I have great respect for everyone who is trying to save a specie, a tough job.
    Your quote is so true and the last picture is very meaningful.
    Thanks for sharing the proboscis, orangutans and the fishing owl.

    1. Anita Avatar

      Oh.. thank you so much for your lovely and valuable comment Greta. I really appreciate that you share your thoughts. ❣️

  5. Denzil Avatar

    Incredible animals aren’t they?

  6. Jag Avatar

    Intressant läsning och jättefin apbildserie! Det måste verkligen ha varit en upplevelse att sitta som på första parkett och kunna fotografera finingarna!

    1. Anita Avatar

      Första parkett var det verkligen och spännande nära. Tack snälla för din fina kommentar.

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