October 2011 Ecotour continued.... The following morning after breakfast we headed to Pondok Tenggui, another orangutan viewing area about 10-15 kilometers downstream from our position in the Lakes. We arrived before the morning feeding and were able to watch numerous orangutans come down from the trees to feed on bananas and unsweetened reconstituted powdered milk provided by station staff. This included adult males with cheek pads and mothers and dependent offspring. Such provisioning has been a tradition for both Camp Leakey and Pondok Tenggui- it provides sustenance for the orangutans while providing an opportunity for visitors to watch the red apes at a closer distance. Even after these many years, I have tremendous respect for the size and power of an adult male orangutan. I keep my distance and have little desire to get too close to individuals I do not know.
Once we reached Camp Leakey, we made our way to the
feeding station and asked people we met along the way if they had seen
Princess on the trail or at the station. Everyone we asked either
answered, "who is Princess?" or "we haven't seen her". We kept pressing
on the trail and finally reached the feeding station. There were
numerous people there, foreign visitors and local people and their
families, adults and children.
her departure, our tour group heads to the river for our trip to the
ecolodge. Our time at Camp Leakey is over.