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Borneo inspires visions of wild dense jungles filled with exotic critters and the most intelligent non-human primates in the world.  The easiest place to see Orangutans is at the rehabilitation center just outside of Sepilok.  There are lots of budget places available right at the park so there is no reason to actually go to Sepilok since it is supposed to be a hole. 

I was very impressed with the rehabilitation center.  The video did a good job of explaining where the apes come from and how they go about getting them back into shape to get back into the wild.  There are dozens of feeding areas in the forrest managed by the park.  After several years of bottle feeding and diapers they let the apes out into "the wild".

  Most of them chose to sleep back in their comfy cages that they were accustomed to for several months.  The staff bring the apes to feeding areas that are closer and closer to the viewing platform over several months or even years.  Some of them take off into jungle and never return the first time they are allowed out, others spend their entire life returning to the feeding areas provided by the center.

There are public feeding times available at 10:00am and 3:00pm.   The morning one is plagued with bus loads of loud Chinese tourists.  Not surprisingly the apes don't like that much noise and grab their breakfast to go and don't like to hang around to much with so many people watching.  The afternoon is a much more intimate affair.  There are way less people around so the Orangs are happy to hang around on the platform for over an hour.  It was truly amazing to watch the human behaviors of these "wild" animals.  Individual personalities were obvious.  There was even a teenaged couple french kissing upside down for a while. 

Travbuddies: Matt (Can)

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