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.
Visitors walk through the rainforest and watch the feeding on elevated wooden platforms so that they don’t have any impact on the ecosystem.
The orangutans move between trees and platforms in the feeding area on cables.
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.
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.
One of the orangutans was particularly mischievous
They ornagutans are not supposed to come into contact with the visitors
Each year one or two lone women are accosted on the trail and stripped of their clothes by a curious young orangutan
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