Wednesday, June 6, 2012
ABC Wednesday/save the world: U for Utan
The buzz world today is endangered species. The Orang Utan is one that is facing extinction because of indiscriminate felling of tropical rain forest for timber and palm oil plantation.
In South East Asia, in Malay, Orang means men, Utan means forest.
I took Sam to Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo to see Orang Utans in a rehab. This photo was taken on another occasion when my nephew Wayne and his little son went.
It is amazing to see how the men of the forest, the Orang Utans live. When I saw them, the big male took his time to come to the eating platform. A mum with babies just hung around. Then the male I called the king ate first, he ate slowly while the rest of his kingdom and harem waited. The older princes , the babies ate,finally the mothers ate. Even in the jungle, the hierarchy of the male demands the women to be subservient.
Fellow viewers from international countries were seen making this comment," incredible, even among the men of the jungle, there was a hierarchy and male chauvinistic monkey."
The Utans make nest up the trees looking like giant baskets.
When I went, I went to be a tourist, if I have the chance, I would like to be a volunteer and work to save the utans,