Kampong Batung

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  • Day168

    Oh Monkey, where are thou?!

    March 8 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Ja, wo haben sie sich versteckt?

    Der heutige Tag steht im Zeichen der Affen 🐵. Genauer: der Suche nach Orang Utans.

    Was wir leider vor Ankunft in Borneo nicht wussten - Anfang März ist gerade noch Fruit-Season. Also die Zeit, in welcher im Regenwald genügend Früchte wachsen, sodass die Tiere nicht auf zusätzliches Futter angewiesen sind.

    Das heißt, sie machen das gleiche wie wir wenn wir satt sind und genug zu essen haben: Nicht aus dem Haus gehen.
    Unser Vormittags-Besuch im Semmengoh Wild Life Reservation Center, in dem Orang Utans aufgenommen und wieder aufgepäppelt werden, sodass sie wieder alleine in freier Wildbahn leben können, verläuft leider ohne Sichtung 😔

    Ein wenig enttäuscht ziehen wir von dannen, beschließen aber, am Nachmittag wieder zu kommen.
    Da wir heute mal wieder mit eigenem Roller unterwegs sind, also kein Problem die weitere Gegend zu erkunden. Ziel ist das Annah Rais Longhouse.

    Traditionell leben die Stämme der Iban und der Bidayuh in riesigen „Häusern“ auf Stelzen zusammen. Ein kleines Dorf von ca. 200 Menschen, die praktisch in einer aus Bambus gebauten Reihenhaussiedlung leben.

    Wir besichtigen das Haus und Essen vor Ort. Es kommt uns sehr entgegen, dass in Malaysia Englisch gesprochen wird - somit können wir uns auch problemlos mit den Einheimischen verständigen.

    Auf dem Rückweg nach Kuching am Nachmittag dann Chance Nr. 2 - 🦧
    Doch leider auch hier: Enttäuschung. Wir warten 45 min bis wir schließlich aufgeben. Kein Affe.

    Enttäuscht Rückzug zum Parkplatz. Doch dann: gerade wollen wir aufsatteln, da zeigt sich die 49-jährige OrangUtan Dame und möchte gefüttert werden. 30 Minuten sehen wir dem Spektakel zu uns sind hin und weg, klasse!!
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  • Day156

    Borneo - Kuching

    November 25, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Three days ago we arrived in Kuching, a city in the east Malaysian part of Borneo.
    Kuching is the city of cats 🐈 and the gateway city for various National Parks and the Semenoggh Wildlife Center 🦧.
    The past days we spend walking around the nice town of Kuching, visiting a famous Sunday market and watching some TV series as soon as the rain kicked in. In two das we are heading of to Bako National Park for two nights of nature experience 😍.
    Today visited the quite famous orangutan 🦧 Semenoggh wildlife center - a rehabilitation reserve for the endangered Borneo orangutan. The center is different from the Dschungel on Sumatra, here the apes are fed twice a day by the rangers (workers of the center) and only a small number of orangutans lives in the reserve. We found out that not all 32 apes who live in the reserve show their faces at feeding times, some haven’t been seen for many years. We take that as a good sign for the apes as they become wild again and independent from humans feeding them.
    We saw a young three months old orangutan today holding on to his mother 🥰. Another good sign for the animals population: reproduction 👍🏼.

    Vor drei Tagen sind wir in Kuching angekommen, einer Stadt im ostmalaysischen Teil von Borneo.
    Kuching ist bekannt als die Stadt der Katzen 🐈 und die Basis für verschiedene Nationalparks und das Semenoggh Wildlife Center 🦧.
    Die letzten Tage verbrachten wir damit, durch das schöne Städtchen Kuching zu spazieren, einen berühmten Sonntagsmarkt zu besuchen und unsere Fernsehserie zu schauen, sobald der Regen einsetzte. In zwei Tagen fahren wir zum Bako Nationalpark für zwei Nächte in der Natur 😍.
    Heute besuchten wir das ziemlich berühmte Orang-Utan 🦧 Semenoggh Wildlife Center - ein Rehabilitationsreservat für den gefährdeten Borneo-Orang-Utan. Das Zentrum unterscheidet sich vom Dschungel auf Sumatra insofern, da hier die Affen zweimal täglich von den Rangern (Arbeiter des Zentrums) gefüttert werden und nur eine kleine Anzahl von Orang-Utans im Reservat leben. Wir haben herausgefunden, dass nicht alle 32 Affen, die im Reservat leben, zu Fütterungszeiten ihr Gesicht zeigen. Einige sind seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr zu sehen gewesen. Wir betrachten das als ein gutes Zeichen für die Affen, da sie wieder wilder werden und unabhängiger von den Menschen sind, die sie füttern.
    Wir sahen heute einen jungen drei Monate alten Orang-Utan, der sich an seine Mutter klammerte 🥰. Ein weiteres gutes Zeichen für die Tierpopulation: Fortpflanzung 👍🏼.
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  • Day40

    Day 40: Orang-utan hunting

    July 25, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We'd been really looking forward to today, as we'd planned a visit to Semengok Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of town, where a tribe of around 30 orang-utans roamed freely. They're native to Borneo although not this particular area, and are heavily threatened with extinction due to habitat destruction (mostly chopping down jungle for palm oil plantations).

    It's located just on the southern outskirts of the city and you basically have two options for getting there - either a private tour with a hotel pickup and entry for about 75 RMY each, or the DIY approach involving a public bus and some walking. We decided to skimp for a change and go the public bus option.

    Feeding time at 9am meant that we had to catch the 7:15am bus, and that was leaving from a bus station nearly 30 minutes walk away. So we were up at 6am and walking by 6:20, stopping briefly to grab some baked goods for breakfast. The bus was easy enough to find and we paid our 4 RMY each for the ticket and waited. It left on time and trundled through the suburbs, until we reached the end of the line at the sanctuary 45 minutes later. Nice and early for the feeding time, but the bus drops you off at the front gate which is still 20 minutes walk from the orang-utan centre.

    We bought our tickets and started walking, along the way we struck up a conversation with a young English guy from Cornwall holidaying around Asia on his gap year. Good company for the 20 minutes! We arrived at about 8:20 to a fairly empty area, but it gradually filled up with people until by 9am it was fairly crowded.

    The guides escorted to the feeding area, and here we waited. They called the orang-utans, loudly, softly, yelling, but nothing happened. We ended up waiting a whole hour and didn't see anything - understandably very disappointed! But they're semi-wild animals and not kept in cages, so sightings can't be guaranteed of course. The park closed at 10am and wouldn't re-open until the afternoon feeding session at 3pm, so we canvassed our options. Eventually we decided that if they hadn't eaten in the morning, they would hopefully come in numbers in the afternoon.

    So we walked back out of the park, boarded the public bus and paid our 4 RMY tickets back to Kuching. By the time we arrived back it was nearly midday and definitely lunchtime given how early we'd been up, so we wandered briefly before settling on an Indian/Muslim restaurant. Shandos had a buffet plate of curried chicken & rice while I had a beef & vegetable martabak.

    Back onto the bus for the third time at 1pm, and again we trundled out through the suburbs to the sanctuary. We walked the path again, this time with a Swiss/South Korean couple who we'd seen in the morning. They were on an 8 week summer holiday from their home in Europe. When we arrived at the feeding area - we were in luck! The grandma was sitting in the middle of the road, and a young female was in the trees nearby. Both at about 10m distance from us.

    The keepers shuffled them down the road with food and into one of the feeding areas, where a crowd formed and we all gawped. They're just such amazing creatures - although they're bipedal they really have four arms. It's incredible how they just flick back and forth between holding say a coconut in their hands vs their feet vs holding on to branches and ropes.

    After about 15 minutes the keepers' radios all crackled, and the jungle in another direction started rustling. A mother and her daughter both turned up for food! They went down into the feeding area as well and helped themselves, while the original pair hung around up in the trees. And then a grand entrance - the second-largest male on site came around a corner a hundred or so metres away. A brief moment of panic since the keepers weren't sure if it was the alpha male, who apparently likes to dominate the shelter where we were, well, sheltering!

    Thankfully it wasn't, but this guy was still huge! Very long hair, 2 metres tall and several hundred kilograms in weight. Him and the alpha male are apparently so big that they don't like climbing trees anymore, they mostly just stick to walking around on the ground! We watched him feeding for probably 30 minutes, including one part where he bashed open a coconut on a tree and drank the milk!

    After all the excitement we'd forgotten that "feeding time" wasn't actually until 3pm, and it was only just approaching 3pm. When the time came the keepers took us back to the original feeding spot we'd been to in the morning, where there was just the one orang-utan - a younger female. She had her bananas and coconuts, but mostly sat high up in canopy munching so we couldn't get a great view. Another young female turned up about 20 minutes later, so we watched that one as well.

    Somehow time got away from us, and we suddenly realised with a shock that it was 3:50, the last bus for the day left at 4pm and we were 25+ minutes walk from the gate! I asked one of the employees if there was another bus and he said no, and a few minutes later the manager came running up and offered to drive us to the gate to make the bus, which we gratefully accepted! Made it just in time.

    Not much to report for the rest of the day, it was nearly 6pm by the time we got back to the hotel. We intended to freshen up and have another night on the town, but in the end after our showers we just zonked out and only made it as far as the Chinese noodle cart downstairs!

    Moving on tomorrow - we're heading a couple of hours eastwards to a beach place called Damai where we'll spend a couple of days chilling out by the pool. Tough life!
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  • Day7

    Orang oetangs, waterpretpark & sunset

    July 29, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Vandaag vroeg op, taxi stond al klaar om 7:30. Snel ontbijtje en gaan naar de orang oetangs. Gelukkig waren we ruim op tijd waardoor we er 2 hebben mogen bewonderen! Wat een fantastische dieren en fijn dat er een opvanghuis is waardoor ze weer in het wild uitgezet kunnen worden.
    Daarna door naar het waterpretpark, wat werkelijk in the middle of knowhere stond. Kids weer blij met een middagje glijen :).
    ‘S avonds hebben genoten van zonsondergang en heerlijk gegeten in een lokaal visrestaurant, dus vis vanuit de koeling kiezen, bijgerechten bestellen en eren maar! Dit keer hadden we ook een lokale groente soort erbij, melakka, erg lekker. Nu weer lekker op de chillplek in het hotel! Heerlijk dagje gehad!
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  • Day32

    Orang Utans

    August 25, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

    Orang Utans kommen zu gewissen Zeiten hier vorbei um gefüttert zu werden, da ihr Gebiet nicht ausreicht. Sie sind nicht eingesperrt und können kommen und gehen wann sie wollen.
    Am Vormittag konnten wir "nur" einen sehen, aber am Nachmittag ist eine Mutter mit Baby und noch einem Kind und noch eine Mutter aber mit etwas älteren Kind vorbeigekommen. Unglaublich!!!

    Zwischendrin waren wir bei Jongs Crocodile Farm, da wir irgendwie die Zeit zwischen den beiden Fütterungen verbringen mussten, da der Park da zugesperrt wird.

    Als es dann zu regnen angefangen hat, haben sich die Affen Blätter abgerissen und wie einen Regenschirm über ihren Kopf gehalten. Sehr schlau.
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