The biggest draw of the Kalimantan area is the orangutans living in the area. The word orangutan actually comes from Indonesian (I bet you didn’t know you had an Indonesian word in your vocabulary! :)), meaning man (orang) of the jungle (utan). Borneo (the island split between Malaysia and Indonesia) and Sumatra, another island here, are the only place in the world that they can be found living in the wild.
Orangutans are hilarious creatures to watch. They are big and heavy, but travel through the tree tops, bending trees with their weight to carry them from place to place. Their arms are just about as long as they are tall, and their feet function as another set of hands. We definitely enjoyed our time watching them!
All of the orangutan that we saw were wild (some second or third generation reintroduced), but at certain times each day sugar cane and other fruits were left at feeding platforms to draw the orangutan nearby and allow visitors to see them.
Our guide grew up in the Kalimantan jungle, and knew each orangutan by name and place in the family. He had a few that were his “friends” and they came over to say hi when he beckoned them!
In addition to the orangutans, there are monkeys inhabiting the trees all along the river. The most common species was the proboscis monkey, which sport funny long noses.
We also enjoyed this funny long-armed fellow until he got scared away by the bigger orangutans!