There is an orangutan rescue center there that’s taken in, raised and rehabilitated, and returned to the jungle over 300 abandoned orangutans since its inception.
And like other tourist locations within a couple of hours of a cruise ship dock, you’d better stay away between 11am and 2pm, or be prepared to encounter and squeeze between hundreds of frustrated foreigners with cameras following colorful guides holding signs aloft with bus numbers.
The organization has a habitat which transitions even the youngest and least capable orangutans from complete dependence to self-sufficiency over six years through a series of inside and outside – restricted to unrestricted environments.
In the wild, orangutan babies stay with their mothers for up to six years while they are taught the skills they need to survive in the forest, the most important of which is climbing. At Sepilok, a buddy system is used to replace a mother’s teaching. A younger ape will be paired up with an older one to help them to develop the skills they need.
To see all of the photos taken today, click on Thursday, Mar8th, Bilit Rainforest Lodge, Sabah, Malaysia.