The Borneo rainforest is one of the few remaining natural habitats for orangutans--over 90% of the world's wild orangutans live on Borneo. We visited the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for a peek at our ginger-haired cousins (no, not the Irish!). At feeding time, the orangutans swing by to see what the park rangers are serving up for dinner. As you can see from the above video, you can detect the approach of the orangutans by the swaying of the trees in the distance. "Orangutan" is a local word that means, "old man of the forest." It was a wonderful experience seeing these amazing "old" men and women go about their business.
We visited Bako National Park to spend a day hiking in the Borneo rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest in the world. The only way to enter the national park is by taking a boat. During low tide, the boats drop their passengers off on a large, muddy, empty beach, as shown above.
With the coming of high tide, monkeys scour the sand for crabs.
The jungle at Bako is stuffed to the treetops with wildlife. We saw many different types of monkeys (including the endangered proboscis monkey), and had a close encounter with an energetic feral pig. One of our most interesting animal sightings is shown in the above video: a dark-haired monkey breast-feeds a ginger-haired baby monkey.
The jungle trails in Bako consisted of tree roots on the ground and green foliage in every direction. The ideal recipe for a tropical rainforest is constant hot temperatures, a lot of humidity, and a variety of mountainous terrain. It quickly became clear during our visit to Bako that the Borneo rainforest is an ideal tropical rainforest. Normally I don't sweat much, but take a look at the above video to see how the Borneo rainforest easily defeated my anti-perspirant.
The highlight of our Kubah hike was the discovery of a series of beautiful (and refreshing) waterfalls deep in the jungle.