Today we pay tribute to the real locals of Borneo, its wildlife! There's such diverse and unique life on this island, which means they are prone to illegal activities, shrinking their already small number. Thankfully, there are people out there doing their best to protect them, but they need all the help they can get. Let's all take notice and do our part. ❤️🦏🐘🐵🐸
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Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) - Spent a few minutes watching this individual feeding on figs on a large branch overhanging the Kinabatangan River.
Their diet includes over 400 types of food, with fruit such as wild figs and durians forming around 60 per cent of their diet. I've had orangutan dropping massive half-eaten breadfruits on me during fieldwork in Borneo, when it's falling from 25m above you, you really have to be careful or it can knock you out.
Their numbers and distribution have declined rapidly since the middle of the 20th century, due to human activities (illegal trade, forest logging and conversion to agriculture field, mainly palm oil). They are extremely vulnerable to exploitation, largely as a result of their extremely long inter-birth interval, one of the longest in any mammal species.
This was by far my best encounter with a wild orangutan despite living in Borneo for 6 months over 2015-1016. it's always an incredible experience to see one foraging in the wild. We need to do everything we can to protect this species and ensure they have a safe future.
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