We’ve spent the past couple days riding around Kuching on our motorbike searching out the local wildlife. So far it’s been a success, and we’ve mostly seen a bunch of monkeys. Here are few of our favorites:
Orangutans at Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Here they are semi-wild and free to come and go as they like. Injured or recovered black market orangutans are rehabilitated and given a safe place to live. They do feedings here twice a day so tourists can catch a glimpse, but it’s hit and miss depending on if they decide to show up and what the fruiting season is. Of the 27 at the centre seven showed up while we were there.
Bako National Park is situated on a peninsula ~40 kilometers north of Kuching that juts out into the South China Sea and is only accessible by boat. The park is home to three species of monkeys, proboscis, lengur, and macaques. There are 17 trails through the park ranging from short one hour walks to 5-6 hour loops, but oddly some of the most reliable wildlife sightings are right by the registration center. All animals in the park are wild and no feedings take place to attract the animals.