Borneo orangutan tour report- November 2017
“Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible nature. Unaware that this nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.” Hubert Reeves
There’s a paradox of living in our current snapshot of human evolution. Travel possibilities abound more than ever, but we get to witness first hand the destruction of nature. And merely by travelleing – more often than not – we can have a negative effect on the environment. From this Borneo orangutan tour we made a donation to The Orangutan Foundation of several thousand pounds which went towards their recent tree re-planting scheme where over 20,000 trees have been planted. The forest in Lamandau which is an orangutan release site is actually getting larger. Huge thanks to Sandra, Jo, Paul, Tom, Sarah and Amy for being so lovely on this trip. As Jo said on our final night – ‘we arrived as strangers and leave as friends’. My internet connection is poor at the mo but I’ll try to put just a handful of photos below from this trip. There’s more info on my future orangutan tours here. To read the trip report from my October 2017 Borneo orangutan fundraising trip click here.
Sunset on the river Sekonyer on our first evening taken on my Iphone.
Trying to capture the interaction between a male orangutan and a butterfly.
Sarah, Jo, Paul, Tom and Amy and Sandra planting their trees at a reforestation project.
An estuarine crocodile which escorted our boat for a few minutes upstream one morning.
Proboscis monkey leaping into the river near Camp Leakey
An amble downstream one night in search of fireflies.
A white bearded gibbon next to the river one morning.
A good sighting of a young wild orangutan by the river eating Rasau shoots.
Spider making web on LSD