Monkeys, Orangutans and Cats

A short flight from the mainland saw us arrive into Kuching, the capital of the Sarawak province of Malaysian Borneo, and famous for having the world’s first (and perhaps only?) Cat Museum.  But a visit to the Cat Museum (and the fascinating sounding Timber Museum) had to wait as we headed off early the next morning to Bako National Park.

Bako is home to Proboscis Monkeys as well as many smaller creatures including the flying lemur.  After a rather exciting boat trip through the breaking waves, we had a day and half in the park to explore its many trails in search of wildlife, beaches and stunning views.  Fortunately the wildlife played along and even sitting at Park HQ there was plenty to see.

The group all headed off on a guided night walk for the chance to see some of the park’s nocturnal creatures.

Returning to Kuching we had the privilege to visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary and were treated to a fantastic display of these human-like creatures socialising, feeding and at times, posing!  A very special experience and rated as one of the highlights of the whole expedition.

From Kuching we continue further east for some more national parks and hopefully more fantastic wildlife viewing.



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