ORANGUTANS & PROBOSCIS MONKEYS

A visit to Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo, provided a unique opportunity to explore peat forests and wetlands to find these magnificent apes. Some of the orangutans were found at the ever popular tourist destination- Camp Leakey, while others were found at the little known Camp Rimba.

Camp Rimba, located in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, is a sanctuary where rehabilitated orphaned orangutans were recently released into the wild. It isn't open to the public which meant that I was very blessed to have been able to see them and observe how well they are thriving- even being comfortable enough to expand the family! 

The proboscis monkeys are shy creatures but if one looks carefully or listens for the tell tale rustle of leaves overhead, they can be seen along the water of the rivers and canals that course through the forests.

Apes are magnificent and given that they share 97% of our DNA, I was tempted to reach out, but then I remembered that they are wild animals and that should be respected.

Photographing these apes in the jungles of Borneo, was a very special experience- to say the least!