Going Ape!

Last week over The Cuties’ Spring Break, we traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo.

The majority of our time was spent prone on a chaise lounge, napping under palm trees, reading and doing needlepoint.  It was glorious.  It was also just the adult vacation modus operandi.

The Cuties spent their time in and out of the water, wiggling while I re-applied sunscreen, and generally consuming books on their Kindles.

{We also managed to eat an inordinate amount of food from thrice daily resort buffets, but that’s another issue altogether.}

Two mornings, we handled putting on actual clothing to spend time at the Nature Reserve on the resort property.  The first day, we watched an amazing movie about orangutans, which are now only living in Borneo and Sumatra and are seriously endangered due to logging for palm oil.  As a result, the adults are often killed leaving their babies orphaned.

Very little in the animal world will tug on your heartstrings like the sight of baby orangutans and watching them interact with humans.

After the movie, we climbed up to a viewing platform and waited patiently and silently for feeding time.  I was very proud of The Cuties, as it’s really hard to be both patient and quiet when you’re standing in the Rainforest and it’s about 90 degrees with 80% humidity, and the guide is pointing out snakes in trees along the way.

Twenty minutes into our sweaty silence, we heard rustling in the trees above us; as we looked up, we saw tall branches swaying to and fro, but the sun prevented us from actually seeing anything.  But then….


We met Kolapis.


Who was seriously the most fun to watch ever.


What a face.  What a doll.  What a goofball.

A few days later The Cuties participated in the Nature Reserve’s Ranger Experience.  They were first required to have a check up by a nurse to make sure they were healthy and free from infection since humans and orangutans can easily transmit the same diseases.  Thankfully, they passed and were sent off to work!

They again attended a feeding session, but also were able to learn more about the health care and food preparation for the Reserve’s babies.  They then spent a lot of time cutting fruits and veggies for the orangutans’ lunch; always good to have them earn their keep!

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Cute Grammy & Poppy were with us in Borneo and generously adopted Kolapis for the next year in The Cuties’ names.  As a result of being his foster parents, they will receive updates on his health, life and efforts towards rehabilitating him back into the wild.  I wonder if we will also get his report cards!

Helping our adorable primate friends was a great way to spend our break and add to our Asian adventures.

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2 Responses to Going Ape!

  1. Shelli says:

    Sounds like a great vacation for all.

  2. Ismail N says:

    I am glad to know that you’ve had a great time at Rasa Ria. Do come again ya! 😀

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