Huge thanks to Lucy, Sylvia, Peter, Liz, Venetia and Linden for being part of an incredible trip. So much happened during our time in Borneo that I don't really know where to start but I guess it should be with the orangutans of Tanjung Puting national park. Our encounters with wild orangutans were extremely special and we broke all records of sightings there during the week. It's always a good start to see a wild orangutan on the journey upstream into the park and we soon saw a small male in good view by the side of the river in the Nipa palm. On our early morning cruise the following morning we found another female with a very young baby swinging in the branches near to the river. And it just got better and better after that ! By the end of the week we'd seen 18 wild orangutans including one sighting that was the best I've ever witnessed there. The semi wild orangutans which often come to the various feeding platforms also surpassed all expectations. Of particular note were a morning feeding at Tanjung Haripan and two afternoon ones at Camp Leakey. At the former one 5 orangutans soon came down to the feeding platform. Unfortunately another group of people arrived who were quite loud and the orangutans soon left. Luckily the noisy people didn't stay very long and we waited in complete silence surrounded by only the sounds of the forest. Ten minutes later another shy female arrived and looked at us from the top of the tree. Keeping a careful eye on us all she came very close to collect some food before heading back up into the canopy. And then 10 minutes later Doyok the dominant male arrived. He's such a huge majestic creature and it was a special privilege to spend time so close to him. He came and sat on the ground just a few meters away from us all staring at us with his deep eyes. The interaction lasted over half an hour and was one of those moments that will stay with us all forever. On our way to the first visit of the week at Camp Leakey we saw a group a agile gibbons at very close quarters. So many orangutans came to the afternoon feeding that it was difficult to keep track of them all. They were all happily eating fruit until they suddenly heard the sound of Tom approaching. Tom is the infamous dominant male in this part of the forest. He announced his arrival by crashing through the trees and all of the other orangutans climbed away. In a show of strength he broke the branch of an enormous tree and them came and stood to study his human audience. This is potentially a dangerous animal who commands respect from all who meet him. Our last visit to Camp Leakey was also special but for very different reasons. It was very hot and sunny when we set off on our walk through a lovely part of rain forest but as we arrived at the feeding platform we were greeted by a huge clap of thunder right overhead. There were already a few orangutans in the trees and the park rangers put the food on the platform. Then the rain started. Along with the orangutans we sheltered under the trees while the torrential downpour closed in on us. Although we got about as wet as is possible it was exhilarating. After 30 minutes or so the rain slowed and soon the sun reappeared. Perfect conditions for photographing orangutans ! They look great after a rain burst and we spent the following hour surrounded by many animals. It was the end to a fantastic trip. Our other wildlife sightings were too numerous to mention but included Proboscis monkeys, kingfishers and Hornbills in large numbers.