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Dora The Explorer
5th Nov 2006
Sepilok Orangutan Re-habilitation Sanctuary

So this morning was an early one- we were up at 5.30 to catch a flight over to Sandakan on the east coast of Borneo to visit the Orangutan Sanctuary. It was worth it- wow 'the wild man of Borneo' is certainly well worth a visit. Its so pleasing to see how the Malaysian government in collaboration with a London based charity are really pushing the conversation and re-habilitation of this species.

We visited the re-habilitation section of the sanctuary where many babies had been orphaned, thier mothers killed ( they cannot surivive without them in the first few years) and kept captive by many of the local villagers. Its now a serious crime over here if reported and caught by the authorities- a lengthy prison sentence can be imposed. This seems to be working.

The feeding platforms were way into the rainforest- and there was guarantee that we would have seen any- but luckily for us they must have been starving ( breakfast feed at 10.00am) so we were treated to about 7 different characters. It was absolutely sweltering- I've not experienced heat and humidity like it.  Gutted however as I thought I had taken some great video footage of the big male swinging around and knocking the babies off the platform  ( he picked them back up) however looks like I still havent managed to get to grips with my camera yet.



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Diary Photos

Sepilok

Monkey Business

Sepilok

Tenner says I dont fall

Oi- where's my bananas?

King of the Swingers

Feeding time

Monkey Madness- this was papa

Where's my keeper with my food?

Its too hot even to eat for monkeys!

Sepilok The Orangutan Re-habilitation Sanctuary

Nothing like a good stretch

Sandakan POW Memorial

Sandakan POW Memorial

Grounds of POW camp

Grounds of POW camp

Says it all really

Traditional English Tea Room

Sandakan Fishing Village

Sandakan Fishing Village

Sandakan Fishing Village

Sandakan Fishing Village

Sandakan Fishing Village

Anyone for Croquet?


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