The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a forest reserve in Sabah province for orphaned and confiscated orang-utans … for more information about their history and terrific work check out their website here.
During the afternoon feeding session this cheeky bugger had a blast swinging across the viewing platform and empty his bladder all over the waiting crowd who were looking up at him with big eyes and gaping mouths. The exited “awwwws” and “ohhhs” quickly turned into “urghs” when people realised what just happened. 🙂 Good thing we picked a different viewing spot in the afternoon, because in the morning we were standing right at the very same viewing platform!
While the orang-utans were taking their siesta two stupid German tourists (and very few other foreigners) were hiking the bird trail at Sepilok in the midday heat.
Right next door to the orang-utan rehabilitation centre a new sanctuary recently opened its doors for another endangered species of Borneo: the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Those small forest bears are endangered by habitat loss, poaching, pet trade and captured for disgusting bile farming. Poor bears 😦