Several weeks ago, I traveled with other ASRI volunteers and the founder of ASRI to Tajung Puting National Park to see orangutans.
|Our little slice of the rainforest|
|There are other cool things in the rainforest|
including this pitcher plant
|This is a huge, dominant male.|
|A non-dominant male kind bummed|
that he doesn't have a lady, but didn't want
to tangle with that other guy.
|At another site, this non-dominant male hung out until the|
dominant guy wasn't looking and then swooped in for as many
sweet potatoes as he could carry.
|Mom and baby... I bet a lot of human moms wish that they|
could use their feet as hands
|A gibbon joined us at Camp Leakey. He was|
|Well, actually, this guy was my favorite. Look|
at that belly!
One of the sites that we visited is dubbed Camp Leakey and is named after Louis Leakey, the famed naturalist. Leakey's legacy has been carried forward by three female researchers known as Leakey's angels. Most Americans know about two of them, Jane Goodall and Diane Fosse, but the third, Birute Galdikas is not as well known. Camp Leakey in Tajung Puting is the research site established by Birute Galdikas, and it was exciting to experience proximity to such greatness.
|This is the face of a sulking gibbon|
|The Gang... George, Shannon, Jaelin, Hotlin, me, Sophie, Jesse, Karen|
|Tree full of proboscis monkeys... You watch us. We watch you.|
|The klotok jam outside of Camp Leakey|