Incase you are wondering, Day 2 went in transit from Dubai to Jakarta. Caught a 7am flight this morning to get to Semarang then Pangkalan Bun.
I am now finally in Borneo, arrived midday today and greeting by my friend/guide Tomas who was eagerly waiting my arrival. I met him 3 years ago when Lupe and I first came to Borneo. I can confirm, it is nice to see a friendly face in foreign place.
I saw my first few Orangutans at the care centre this afternoon – those found at Palm Oil plantations. These little ones are without a mother forever. A mother they relied on to learn about life as an Orangutan. The one that fed them milk to make them grow into healthy infants. The one that would teach them how to make their canopy up in the high trees to sleep and be safe, one that would teach them which fruit can eat and other important survival techniques in the forest. But this one Orangutan they looked up to, their rock is now gone. All for the greed of some mankind!
So this place will be their support network until they are 8 or 9 to be set free in a reserve.
Tomorrow I am off to see my first Palm Oil plantation with Dr Birute Galdikas. I look forward to meeting the people there, not really looking forward to seeing the demolished land the government simply sells off for money! But then again, how can I criticise other governments when we have the same crap/greed in the UK! Its all about money!
You know the saying, money is the rool of all evil, you had better believe it.
My camera is still in my bag, so no photos as yet, so hope to share with you what my eyes have seen tomorrow.
Over n Out.