Wednesday 09/07 - Tuesday 15/07
SEPILOK ORANG-UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE
|Orang-utans all swung in from the forest for feeding time|
|Look at that cute face nibbling on some carrots in the corner|
|A squirrel scampered in to join the party but didn't manage to sneak away any fruit|
|Monkey see, monkey do...it's incredible to see how the rehabilitated orang-utan's behaviour so similarly resembles that of their handlers. |
Fun fact: Orang-utans are not monkeys, they are the second biggest ape
After the first feeding session we faced a muddy, leech infested Bird walk...we were not wearing appropriate foot-ware for such a trail!
We had stopped to read an interesting bird information board and as we turned to continue on the trail we spotted an orang-utan casually sitting right in front of us!
|Contemplating the meaning of life|
However, it kept coming right for us and there was nowhere for us to retreat (especially in our slops) so we just stood still on the edge of the narrow path and it brushed right passed us!
|Check out that gangsta lean|
|So close we could have reached out and touched it [However, we did not take this chance as they are 3 times as strong as humans and this was a wise decision as we subsequently heard tales of them ripping people's faces off]|
What a rare and incredible experience!!!!!!!
Afternoon Feeding Session:
Ooh...bananas on the menu
|Orang-utan selfie = )|
SUN BEAR CONSERVATION CENTRE
Before we were able to ascend the viewing platform, our way was blocked by a rather temperamental female orang-utan, Anne, who had just recently given birth and even the keepers were a little weary of.
|Making sure that everyone reads the sign|
Anne was lured away with food and we were free to search for some sun bears
|This little guy was eagerly foraging for termites|
|A baby pit viper in the tree - Malaysia's second most poisonous snake|
|A tiny scorpion on Joy's leg which she casually flicked off before we realised what it was|
|Feeding platform - sugar cane and fruit on the menu|
|Sun bears are thus called because of their markings on their chests which are said to be where the sun has kissed their skin. Each bear had its own unique sun spot|
|Cracking the hard outer shell of a fruit|
|Using every limb to get at the delicious juices of the sugar cane|
|The three little bears|
|A thieving monkey coming to pick up the leftovers|
RAINFOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE
|Rox appreciating the view of the central lake, which one can take a paddle oat ride on over the weekends|
The Centre also provides an amazing canopy walk which is 300 metres long and goes up to 25 metres above the forest floor.
|On the canopy walk way|
|Joy practising her bird-watching skills (unsuccessfully)|
Honey bee hive
|Creepy crawlies - watch your step|
|Tree swing - a natural place to rest|
One of the trails we took was to 'discover' the Sepilok Giant Tree - the trails were not particularly well marked -some Americans we met actually got terribly lost trying to find the Tree and only by sheer chance stumbled upon it. It is no wonder that this the first 'big' tree we came across on the route, we cautiously took a 'just-in-case photo' to ensure we had proof.
|The second (maybe) Giant Tree|
|Superb balancing act - Suspension bridge selfie|
|Mirror mirror on the floor|
We also took the opportunity to explore the Plant Discovery Centre and all the different plant species within
The African section of the garden
|Cacti be representing|
Even though the Centre brags about containing 250 species of birds - we clearly were terrible bird-watches as we only managed to spot one measly bird - outside of the Centre and we couldn't even get a decent pic of it...
|Hint - it's the red speck|
|Storm that we got caught in|
LABUK BAY PROBOSCIS MONKEY SANCTUARY
Be prepared to witness the most ridiculous designed animal in the world...
Or at least that's what we had hoped - However: none appeared at the first feeding platform we attended
|Still hopeful until the end|
So hilarious to watch their noses move as they barbarically devour their food.
|My- what a big nose you have - all the better to attract a mate with|
|For anybody sensitive about their nose size - at least it doesn't get in the way of eating your food (or does it..?)|
The female proboscis monkeys with their young attached.
The dominant male proboscis monkey reminded us of a fat king who sits around all day eating and whose only role in life is to spread his seed upon his many wives...
|And he certainly appears to have the correct equipment to do so (the big NOSE of course)|
But when 'she' started playing with her penis - IT WAS CLEAR THAT SHE WAS A 'HE'
|Mother Suckling her baby|
|Staring us down - nobody touch my food!|
|The squirrel is the last in the pecking order to get to the food|