In December 2009 I embarked on an Orangutan photography safari to Tanjung Puting National Park, in the amazing rainforest of Borneo, Indonesia.
Tanjung Puting is a 400,000 hectare conservation area of global importance, located in the province of Central Kalimantan. It supports a variety of ecosystems, including tropical heath forest, peat swamp forest, and mangrove forest, and it is also the home of over 200 bird species, 17 reptile species and 29 mammal species. Nine of Borneo's primate species are found in the park, including about 2000 Orangutans. Tanjung Puting is one of the few remaining habitats for this beautiful, fascinating and endangered animal.
We spent the majority of our time in Camp Leakey Orangutan Research and Rehabilitation Camp located in Tanjung Puting National Park. Rod Brindamour and Biruté Galdikas first arrived there and founded Camp Leakey in November 1971, devoted to the research and development of adult Orangutans. Hundreds of orangutans have been released back into the forest area over the past decades. Daily feedings of fruit and sugarcane are provided for Orangutans needing extra nutrition. The population of the camp is around 60% released and 40% wild Orangutans, this self contained group is stable and existing totally naturally.
It was a true privilege to be able to spend some time in the company of these incredible creatures, and I did not want to leave them!
Please visit: orangutan.org.uk/
All images were shot with Canon 5D MKII, lenses Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS and Canon EF 24-105mmL USM IS. The music is Maze - Xcentric.
for more photographs: flickr.com/photos/57767666@N00/sets/72157622930790229/
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