Monkey See, Monkey Do

Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

We had wisely decided that Sandakan, most people's choice as a base for visiting Sepilok was a dump and that we would instead stay in a bungalow in the jungle in Sepilok itself. We didn't care if there was nothing to do, we were still physically unable to walk anyway. The Forest Edge Resort was wonderful. We stayed in their longhouse, and ate in their open restaurant looking down onto the Jacuzzi and the lake.  Our purpose of being in Sepilok was to visit the Orang-Utang rehabilitation centre, they have two feeding sessions a day there for the 'tangs that live in the jungle but can't fully fend for themselves yet. We went to both. At the morning session a large group of macaque monkeys had camped out at the feeding platform looking to get in on the action. The orang-utangs were having none of it and quickly batted most of the macaques out of the way. Not to be defeated so easily they were soon back hovering out of arm's reach (which is quite far away for an orang-utang) and nipping in when the orang-utangs were distracted to steal an orange. Fascinating stuff. 

After second feeding we walked along to the Rainforest Discovery Centre. They have an excellent museum there on Borneo wildlife and a wonderful series of trails and a canopy walkway up in the trees. We saw quite a few birds and animals as we just wandered around and then, as darkness fell and things really started moving around, Ritchie stalked a wild orang-utang whilst Jie was almost scalped by a flying squirrel up on the canopy walkway.
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