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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Close encounters of the orangutan kind Chris Viney As our riverboat glides into the coffee-coloured waters of the Sekonyer River in southern Borneo, the syncopated tattoo of the diesel engine is swallowed by dense rainforest lining the banks. Our guide has just finished telling us that it's rare to see wildlife this far down the river. But then his arm suddenly shoots out to point. "Orangutan!" he calls. In the tangle of vegetation there's a glimpse of red; it's an adult female with a baby cradled in one arm, while the other holds the tender palm leaf she is munching. The boat slows and backs up; she watches us warily then moves away, disappearing with a shake and crash of foliage. It's our first taste of the chance sightings and close observations of these endlessly-fascinating animals that we'll experience over the next few days. This page: Mother and baby near Camp Leakey Opposite from left: 'Siswe' and park ranger; Rimba Lodge; klotok on the Sekonyer River; rainforest vines Photos: Chris Viney 18 June / July 2010
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