Orangutan getting a free lunch at the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary (Borneo)

It's a bit like a zoo, but without the fences.­.­.­ Sadly this patch of rain forest where the big apes can survive has shrunk to about 7 miles by 7 miles (10 Km by 10 Km), due to deforestation for developing oil-palm plantations.­ Now they call this small isolated patch of forest "Orang Utan Sanctuary" and it is a protected area and a park open to tourism.­

A lot of the revenues of the parks are from tourists who pay a fee to see the big apes having a free lunch on a platform where park staff drops bananas and other fruits twice a day.­

For more information about Bornean orangutans, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bornean_­orangutan

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Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Photos taken in the Malaysian states of Borneo island (Sarawak and Sabah).­