So, while I was in Indonesia, I was able to mark something off my bucket list: seeing critically endangered live orangutans in the wild with my own eyes.
This mother and baby were seen in the Sabangau Forest in Central Kalimantan. We staked the trees out from below and were rewarded with a couple hours of fun watching the baby play while Mom hung out in her nest.
Big thanks to the OuTrop researchers for allowing us to stay in their electricity-less research station in the forest. (Ok they had a generator a few hours a day.). And showers were taken with a bucket from their huge captured rainwater storage well. (everybody has rain barrels there, we all should.)
What an experience!
That’s Mom in the last photo. You can see her arm holding onto something in her nest.