What Are Orangutans Thinking?

Posted on Oct 14 2010
Have a friend draw a smiley face on your forehead when you are asleep. When you wake up and look in the mirror to comb your hair, do you touch your forehead or do you think that is someone else in the mirror? Of course you know that’s you! But when we do the same thing to an orangutan, does he know that’s him with the smiley face or another ape? If he touches his forehead then some think he knows that’s him in the mirror. He says to himself ” What an I doing with a smiley...

Cameras Purchased to check orangutan health poaching in Borneo

Posted on Oct 09 2010
Tom McLaughlin, the author of “Borneo Tom”, has purchased four Bushnell Trophy Cameras plus hardware for the Matang Research Center outside of Kuching, Malaysian Borneo. They will be presented to the center soon. The cameras will be used to monitor orangutans at the feeding stations located deep withing the forest. The resulting photos  inform park scientists about orangs not regularly seen and to evaluate health and condition of the apes. Poaching and illegal logging will also be...

Clouded Leopard Kitten

Posted on Sep 02 2010
Matang Wildlife Center, Kuching, Malaysian Borneo-Now housed and in quarantine, a kitten Clouded Leopard (Neofilis diardi) now lives at the Matang Wildlife Center here in Kuching. She was turned over to the center by a member of the public who found her in a palm oil estate. No one knows what happened to mom but I don’t think it was anything good. The transition from jungle to captivity is not an easy one. The first step is to inoculate kitty against diseases spread by domestic cats. These mostly...

August in Kuching

Posted on Aug 25 2010
Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – The tourist crowds have thinned markedly this month. The best time to visit Kuching, I think. Euro languages can still be heard but they come from the few backpackers and retirees, who, unfortunately, don’t mix. Hilton and Hostel visitors are on opposite sides of the Borneo experience. I love listening in to conversations. No, I am not nosey. Okay, yes I am. I sat next to a group of young people, all staying at the same place. They were from France, Germany, The Netherlands...

Stuck on Porcupines

Posted on Jul 21 2010
Matang Wildlife Center, Kuching, Malaysia – Porcupines? Wandering the jungle? I had never heard of such a thing until my occasional visit with my friends at the wildlife center. Two caged animals, quills bristling and snouts to the ground, had been brought to the center by an individual who became aware of Malaysia’s tough laws for keeping threatened species. Standing over them, syringe in hand, a veterinarian was trying to put them to sleep so blood could be drawn. The first thrust was unsuccessful...

Drama in the Jungle

Posted on Jun 30 2010
Matang Orangutan Rehab Center, Malaysia – The following account is true. The plot was not stolen from the American television program “Glee’ or any daytime drama. Written by long-term wildlife biologist volunteer Leo reviewed and approved by the Sarawak (Malaysia) Forestry Department and directed by an amazing staff of Sarawakian wildlife orang experts. The Cast: The Cuckold George: A male orangutan, in full glory, he had to be moved from another center because of a fight with the resident...

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