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Photos: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneo

An orangutan in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

The Sepolok Orangutan Sanctuary is located in northern Sabah, a province of Malaysia on the island  of Borneo. The center is a well-maintained and environmentally-friendly place for people to see these notoriously shy and endangered apes. The orangutans are viewed at feedings twice a day.

The viewing platform in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Visitors walk through the rainforest and watch the feeding on elevated wooden platforms so that they don’t have any impact on the ecosystem.

Orangutans in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

The orangutans move between trees and platforms in the feeding area on cables.

Orangutan feeding in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Two feeders bring buckets of bananas to the orangutans. The orangutans pay them no mind, and the feeders appear to be bored with their jobs.

Orangutan in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

During the rain orangutans prefer to stay in the dense jungle. However, despite the rain during our vistit several orangutans showed up for the feeding. 

Orangutan in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

One of the orangutans was particularly mischievous

Orangutan in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

They ornagutans are not supposed to come into contact with the visitors

Orangutan and photographer in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Each year one or two lone women are accosted on the trail and stripped of their clothes by a curious young orangutan

Orangutan and handler in the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Although the orangutans mean no harm, it is usually very frightening (and embarrassing) for the victim. Handlers do their best to make sure orangutans do not become too accustomed to people

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5 Responses to Photos: Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneo

  1. Susanne Wilder February 9, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Excellent –up close and in the shot! The aesthetic moment! Where’s the naked girl lol and why not guys disrobed by the female young? haha
    I use to do food styling in the 80’s working with 8×10 transparencies—the big shots too!
    Only the tag lines could be more punchy…names for these guys, hang in there baby, whaddup from the wires — whatever –very cool!

    • Matt Gibson February 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      Great. Glad you liked it! I wish I’d got a shot of an orangutan molesting a guest!

      Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll totally take them into account in future essays!

  2. Maria Alexandra @latinAbroad February 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Borneo! I want to go there and many other islands in western Indonesia soo badly. Photos are great man =)

    • Matt Gibson February 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment Maria. Borneo is definitely one of the best places I’ve been for outdoors and eco tourism. I totally recommend it.

  3. Traveling Ted February 10, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I remember they had this orangutan reality TV show on Animal Planet that was hilarious. These photos remind me of those episodes.

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