Semenggoh orang utan sanctuary

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Waking up to the pouring rain was not the most inviting morning to go out looking at apes. A pick up from the hostel took us to the nearby Semenggoh Sanctuary and we walked quickly along a soggy path through the rainforest to get to the feeding platform. Only a handful of tourists waited at the designated area unlike the masses at Sepilok in Sabah. A ranger stood on the platform calling the orangs with a bucket of inviting fruit at his side. An hour and a lot of rain later, no orang utans had shown up. We were the only ones left now and gave up of our hope to see another orang utan.

On the way back though, we saw a mummy orang utan with a little baby clutching on, climbing along a rope in the tress above. We joined the small group of tourists and watched as the mummy orang utan and her baby, followed by a young orang clambered along the rope and then quickly down to the platform where some fruit had been placed for them. Mummy swiftly scooped up a bunch of bananas and some other fruits and then climbed back up the tree a little to sit and eat her brekkie. The young orang utan followed the example of scooping fruit off the platform and scurrying back up to the tree to eat.

It was lovely to watch these beautiful animals and it was a lot nicer than Sepilok in that there were far fewer people and we were closer to the orang utans without disturbing them.

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