• Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Spotting Orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Welcome to the jungle! I wanna be like you ooh ooh – an Orangutan too 😉

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

King of the jungle


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Can you see the orangutans?

A few years ago, we stayed at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Borneo on the chance of spotting some orangutans and enjoying the sunshine and beach.  We originally planned to stay at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria and take an internal flight over to Sandakan to visit the Sepilok Rehabiliation Centre.  Since it was the start of the rainy season, heavy rainfall the night before our flight had flooded the roads.  The next morning we took a taxi to the airport only to be stopped after about 3 miles along as the roads were impassable.  So unfortunately we missed our flight.  How gutted were we.  Luckily, the Shangri-La Rasa Ria had a nature reserve surrounding the resort and Ian suggested we should see the orangutans there.  Every cloud has a silver lining!

“Over the past two decades there have been extensive efforts to educate the public and increase awareness and understanding of the plight of these endangered primates” - Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

The reason why we chose to stay at Shangri-La Rasa Ria was due to it’s uniqueness of being within the Nature Reserve.  The Reserve encompasses some 64 acres of tropical rainforest and offers the chance to see some of the protected wildlife.  In 1996, the Nature Reserve was established in collaboration with Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.  The aim of the Orangutan Rehabilitation and Conservation Programme was to care for any orphaned orangutan in the Reserve before moving them onto Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.  Once an orangutan has completed the reintegration programme, it is then released into the wild, although this can take up to several years.  Only a handful of orangutans have been taken into Sepilok over the past few years.

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Orangutans are adorable


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Two baby orangutans

The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide.  Last year, the last two orangutans were finally released from the Nature Reserve to Sepilok.

The ideal time to spot the orangutans was during feeding time at 10am or 2pm.  As it was so humid in Borneo, we booked on to see the orangutans at 10am (although the 2pm slot might have been a bit quieter with fewer people).  We were constantly looking here and there as we crossed the canopy walk trying to spot any of the wildlife such as the flying fox or civet cat – unfortunately they must have known we were coming by their absence 😉

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

View of the beach from the Nature Reserve


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Orange haired orangutan swinging from tree to tree


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Super hot day – stay hydrated!

As we approached the feeding area for the orangutans, food was placed on the feeding platforms.  The cheeky macaques were constantly hanging around the platforms trying to steal any/all of the food!  Then suddenly we saw an orangutan swinging through the trees as if he was the ‘king of the jungle’.  He looked so adorable with his punky orange hair and googly eyes; it seemed as if he wanted to play.

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Feeding time with the orangutans


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Cheeky macaque!


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Just having a stretch

The young orangutans were very curious, trying to come near us but were shooed away by the rangers.  I could have watched them for hours, swinging from tree to tree, hanging off branches with one arm whilst eating the fruit and veg.

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Practising the swing


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Orange haired orangutan swinging from tree to tree


Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

This orangutan is too cute!

It was devastating to see these young orangutans ending up at the Nature Reserve, often as a result of deforestation.  However, the rehabilitation programme helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.  So at least some good was coming from this.

These programmes help save the orangutans from extinction in the rainforests of Borneo.

Have you been to Borneo?  Have you spotted orangutans before?

 

 

[Updated 2nd April 2018]

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Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.

Spotting orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia – WhodoIdo: The Orangutan programme has helped raise awareness to the plight of the orangutans, not just in Borneo but also worldwide. It has also helped each orangutan learn how to survive, by teaching it vital skills for when it was released back into the wild.
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  • Kim 21/08/2018 (06:42)

    Only in my dreams. Its awful how much humans are taking away from them. What an adventure even if it was hard to see!

    • Lana
      Lana 21/08/2018 (09:26)

      It was amazing to see the orangutans. Hope you get to see them one day 🙂

  • Sudipta 02/12/2017 (06:34)

    Have been to Malaysia several.times, never to Borneo. Will surely visit now. Loved the pics.

    • Lana
      Lana 02/12/2017 (14:44)

      Hope you get the chance to visit Borneo 🙂

  • Maria 16/07/2017 (14:54)

    they are so cute! wish to go there some day and see them live 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 16/07/2017 (15:30)

      Thanks for the comment! They look at you with their big eyes – so cute! 🙂

  • Kate and Kris 12/07/2017 (09:15)

    Love this! We went to Sepilok a long time ago now. It is so cool to see them so close, but still semi-wild

    • Lana
      Lana 12/07/2017 (12:53)

      Thanks Kate and Kris! It’s great what they’re doing with the rehabilitation programme 🙂

  • Fumiko 26/06/2017 (02:27)

    I’ve never been to Borneo. The rehabilitation program sounds great! Maybe I’ve seen Orangutan in zoo. But only in cages of zoo. I’ve never seen Orangutans live in nature. You must have a great experience in Borneo!!

    • Lana
      Lana 26/06/2017 (13:25)

      The experience of seeing orangutans in Borneo was amazing! Definitely try and add this to your list. x

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