Orangutans and Rain
Trip Start Jan 15, 2007
5Trip End Feb 01, 2007
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In Sandakan we were able to visit the Orang Utan sanctuary at Sepikok. It is in a beautiful setting but alas, we visited on another heavily rainy day. We only saw 5 orangs as most of them did not want to venture to the feeding area under the deluge. It was actually kind of disappointing as we really can get a much better look at them at the Sacramento Zoo. Nevertheless we saw them in their true habitat and I must admit the little ones especially were awfully cute.
Sandakan was a bit dreary because of the weather
We also visited the Sandakan Death March and POW memorial...a camp established by the Japanese in World War II which housed British and Australian and New Zealand prisoners. The existence of this camp resulted in the deaths of more than 3,600 Indonesian civilians and 2400 Allied POWS. By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarderated at Sandakan and Ranau (the site where the March began) only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped.