Orang-utans, possibly the coolest things on Earth!

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Up close and personal with an orang-utan

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Robin (England), Marcus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)

On Monday Hannes, Robin, Marcus, Julia and I got our backsides into gear and hired a car for the afternoon to go out to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, the home of some of the most unbelievable creatures on Gods green Earth! The 20km journey started badly as we missed our turn-offs and ended up heading to who knows where. After a few stops for directions, we eventually got back on track and made it to the centre for feeding time at 3pm.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into the main quadrangle at the centre, as we were greeted by the back of a massive orang-utan sat on a wooden platform, with people only metres away from it.

Something stuck between the teeth...
At first i thought it must be an exhibit, but to my shock and delight it was indeed a real one, munching away on a coconut! I took some photos and after a minute or two it climbed down from its platform and just started walking down a path into the jungle. It was the most surreal experience to see this and one i'm finding hard to describe!

We were told that we should walk 200 metres down a path to the main feeding area, where a tasty selection of fruits had been laid out for any interested animals. On our way up the path, we came across a really pretty iguana, at least thats what i believe it was, and after a quick photo made it to the viewing area. By this stage i was dripping with sweat from walking such a short distance due to the humidity and heat. One orang-utan turned up and munched his way through a selection of coconuts and bananas, before climbing high up into a tree and relaxing with a full belly.

Who's that visiting at Dinner time, how rude!

We soon got news that a mother and baby had emerged back at the entrance to the park and we rushed back down the path to be greeted by the two of them enjoying their Dinner. They really were adorable, especially the baby, who had the cutest face. After 10 minutes they waddled off down a path holding hands like something you see in a movie! Another mother and child soon arrived as did several other individuals, all making for an action packed experience. One of the orang-utans also pulled down a phone cable that was unable to hold its weight, seemingly then showing its annoyance at one of the wardens for clearly not making it strong enough to hold a 200kilo creature!

After we had been there for over an hour, the heavens opened, but rather than having a detrimental effect on proceedings, this actually made them more interesting.

Cousin It walks back to the forest!
It was really funny to see the orang-utans pulling down branches and leaves to make them into a type of umberella and thus covering their heads from the rain! After a quick visit to see some crocodiles, we called it a day and i drove back into Kuching, the first time i'd been behind the wheel of a car in over a year.

The following day we picked up our Indonesian visas with very little hassle and even got an apology from the woman for making us wait (she wasn't so bad afterall). We spent our last evening in Kuching at the games arcade and then went to watch the Transformers movie at the cinema. Everything had come together nicely for us in our last few days in the city, so we left with fond memories.

Deats says:
Thats cool, im glad you enjoy it! Hire a car to get to the park or a motorbike as public transport is pretty sketchy. Its really amazing though and i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. Look forward to seeing your pictures and checking out the blog in due course.
Posted on: Aug 09, 2007
showbiz101 says:
hey man, ive started following your blog fairly closely ... especially good to see some info about kucing as i am heading there for a week or so ... my gf has confirmed that we will be going to the orangutan park ... i'm excited! especially after reading this :)
Posted on: Aug 05, 2007
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Up close and personal with an oran…
Up close and personal with an ora…
Something stuck between the teeth.…
Something stuck between the teeth…
Whos that visiting at Dinner time…
Who's that visiting at Dinner tim…
Cousin It walks back to the forest!
Cousin It walks back to the forest!
Sweeeeet coconut juice
Sweeeeet coconut juice
Iguana
Iguana
Dinner time for one adult orang-ut…
Dinner time for one adult orang-u…
Orang-utan getting stuck into Dinn…
Orang-utan getting stuck into Din…
Mmmm, another coconut!
Mmmm, another coconut!
Orang-utan makes a speedy getaway …
Orang-utan makes a speedy getaway…
Orang-utan takes his spoils high u…
Orang-utan takes his spoils high …
Mother and baby enjoy afternoon br…
Mother and baby enjoy afternoon b…
Mother and baby enjoy afternoon br…
Mother and baby enjoy afternoon b…
Momma, let me help!
'Momma, let me help!'
Mother and child check out the cro…
Mother and child check out the cr…
Mamma, whos that wierdo with the …
Mamma, who's that wierdo with the…
Mum protects baby
Mum protects baby
Mum and baby stroll back to the fo…
Mum and baby stroll back to the f…
Mum and baby swinging through the …
Mum and baby swinging through the…
Dinner time.
Dinner time.
Biting into a coconut
Biting into a coconut
Mmmm coconut juice!
Mmmm coconut juice!
Crocodile
Crocodile
Orang-utan makes an umbrella from …
Orang-utan makes an umbrella from…
Sheltering from the rain
Sheltering from the rain
Grabbing a quick bite to take away
Grabbing a quick bite to take away
Steady, careful....
Steady, careful....
Munching on a mango
Munching on a mango
Kuching
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