Orangutans at Camp Leakey

I began my monthly report to the UK office by saying “as September was quiet, so October was busy” and I still think that was an understatement! We seem to have been on the go constantly since the holidays which marked the end of Ramadan at the start of October. You will be pleased to know however I have had the chance to spend some of that time looking at orangutans. And yes, I had my camera. Tom

One afternoon spent at Camp Leakey, in Tanjung Puting National Park was particularly memorable. There were very few visitors and it felt as if we had the forest to ourselves. Tom, the dominant male, was around, looking as big as ever.

However, it was Princess and her baby Putri who made the real impression. Princess actually walked to the feeding site with us and when I say walked I mean walked. She was not bipedal (walking on two legs) the whole time but she did amble in front of us for a time. That was her chance to show off!

Princess - bipedal

Princess & Percy

Next it was Putri’s. Once she and her mum had had their fill, they relaxed on the benches on which visitor’s usually sit. Princess began grooming Putri who lay back and loved it. No doubt, if she had been a cat she would have been purring. She got so comfortable when she rolled over she almost toppled off the bench.

Princess & Percy

Princess & Percy

Above us two other youngsters played high in the trees (apologies for the dark photo!).

two young orangutans

However, the sun was setting and storm clouds building, so we had to leave the orangutans in the forest and hurry back to camp. We made it just before the heavens opened.