The milk bar is open- orangutang and baby suckling
There are 27 rehabilitated orangutangs in the Semenggoh area. They are semi- wild. They are an endangered species. It was an amazing visit. They were really close. Good in large. I am going to add a few to the blipfolio when I get back. There is the cutest shot of the baby asleep a few minutes after this.
Sorry about the lack of comments, the internet has been terrible. I backblipped yesterday- a dolphin- link here.
An excerpt from the forestry website explains a bit more about the orangutangs:-
The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre was established in 1975 to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned, or were previously kept as illegal pets. The centre is situated within the boundaries of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, approximately 24 km from Kuching.
When established, the three main aims of the Centre were:
-To rehabilitate wild animals who have been injured, orphaned in the wild or handicapped by prolonged captivity, with the objective of subsequently releasing them back to the wild.
-To conduct research on wildlife and captive breeding programmes for endangered species.
-To educate visitors and the general public about the importance of conservation.
The Centre has been a resounding success, caring for almost 1,000 endangered mammals, birds and reptiles from dozens of different species. However it is the orang utan rehabilitation programme that has made the Centre famous. In one respect, Semenggoh has been too successful - so many orang utan have been successfully reintroduced into the surrounding forest reserve that the forest's carrying capacity has been reached, and rehabilitation activities have been transferred to the Matang Wildlife Centre, part of Kubah National Park.
As a result of its success, Semenggoh's role has changed and it is nowadays a centre for the study of orang utan biology and behaviour, as well as a safe and natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orang utan, graduates of the rehabilitation programme. It is also home to numerous baby orang utan, born in the wild to rehabilitated mothers, a further testament to the success of the programme.