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Orangutan Island

King Louie is the most famous orangutan and he lives in Malaysia. He is the ruler of the Ancient Ruins in Jungle Book and has a great love for swinging music.
King Lowietje is tired of his ape-like lifestyle and hopes to learn the secret of the 'red flower' of man to fulfill his dream fulfill and become a man.

Orang Utan

 

Orangutans are great apes and they live in trees in rainforests. Orangutans have long arms and swing from tree to tree. They almost never hit the ground. They mainly eat fruits, leaves and flowers. The orangutan is one of the great apes. Monkeys are the largest of the primates, a family that includes humans. Orangutans are the only monkeys found in Asia. They are very closely related to humans and are the largest arboreal (tree-dwelling) mammals. Orangutans live in the oldest rainforests in the world, and only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The word "orangutan" means "man of the forest".

The moment you step on the boat, you know you are on your way to an adventure.
As the boat cuts through the water, Orangutan Island gets closer. It's no longer a mystery in the distance, that could see from afar When you get off the dock, look high up among the trees, you might see one or two orangutans swinging from tree to tree, or maybe even taking a nap in the trees.
The large Orangutan Island is nestled in the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah, an eco-friendly lakeside resort.
A walk through the semicircular tunnel of steel fencing resembles a cage in which we walk. Through the bars we peer out and watch with fascination at the orangutans, which roam freely in the trees, on the grass, through the bushes, by the lake, just about everywhere.

The Orangutans have taken possession of this island. They are the boss here. We walk this long "cage tunnel" in a hundred meters. and can observe the monkeys well from the tunnel.
Orangutan Island is intended to serve as a temporary shelter for orangutans rescued from traders who wanted to sell them. They are taken care of on this island, before going back to their natural environment: the jungle.
The program also tries to save the monkeys from extinction by breeding with the animals. They want to return the orangutans to the wild as soon as possible.
The island is such a success that students from various universities come to the island to study the animals.
 

Feeding Time.
voedertijd!

You get slightly through the "cage tunnel" limited with observing the Orangutans. The animals have every opportunity on the outside to enjoy themselves in the thick forest. We saw one or two of them, even climbing very tall trees. Most of the orangutans get close to the edges of the cage so you can see them very well. All animals have a name, the guide told us. When it's feeding time, they get usually assorted fruits, although one received a special treat in the form of a can of liquor. Bukit Merah advertises posters with the phrase: "Lunch with the Wild Man of the Forest".
The Orangutans are used to visitors and the staff make sure that no photo opportunity is missed.


What word is here?

In an interview with a newspaper, the director said that sometimes they teach the baby orangutans how to climb trees, where to look for food. To learn the latter well, they hide different fruits in various places on the site. They hide it in trees or on wooden elevations.

The entire island is designed for the future plans of the Orangutans. Currently, a number of them roam the unused part of the island, which is still real wilderness.
This is the ultimate test for the recovered Orangutans: living in the wilderness, without depending on humans.

The director also said that most of the Orangutans were from Sarawak (a few were from Sumatra) and most of them were "problem children". Some, because of their bad behavior, were first put in cages stopped.
Two baby Orangutans were initially kept as pets in a flat. They were taken care of here, in Bukit Merah, and now they are already so far that they now live as normal Orangutans. Ordinary things, such as climbing trees, which should normally have been learned naturally, these monkeys had to relearn.

I have visited Bukit Merah several times. I just wanted to know how the Orangutans were doing. Orangutans do not live in mainland Malaysia, so they are all from Borneo or Sumatra (Indonesia). Bukit Merah is located on a large lake, in which the famous island is located. Bukit Merah (Red Hill) is not just for the shelter of these animals. It is also a swimming paradise and eco-park (zoo). So you can enjoy yourself there all day long, although the Orangutan island is a winner.

Orangutans belong to the great apes, so they clearly have traits that resemble human beings. Research shows that their DNA is more than 97% similar to ours. You can also find that fact in their name. Orangutan comes from the Malay words "orang" and "hutan", meaning "man of the forest". They are very intelligent animals.

Eco Park

The Eco Park is located on the quiet shore of Lake Bukit Merah and it is located in a beautiful natural environment. It is a nice destination for the eco-tourism, where you learn a lot about the flora and fauna of Malaysia. You can get a booklet, for "learning ende vermaeck".  Learn this way you all about the animals and plants.
There are more than 60 species of local and exotic birds, different kinds of reptiles and colorful butterflies can be admired and photograph. Enjoy this piece of unspoilt jungle and walk the 400 meter long wooden walkway, or roam the natural trails. Watch the Bawean deer, kancils and enjoy the exotic sounds.

 

 

 

 Ben van Wijnen

 

 

 

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