Ancient temples and monasteries, legendary palaces, and exotic cities may come to mind first when you think of Asia. Though centuries of agricultural tradition have destroyed much of the wild landscapes, parts of the continent remain that should top the list for naturalists. A trek through the rainforests or gliding along the rivers of Borneo may include sightings of proboscis monkeys, gibbons, rhinoceros hornbills, and pygmy elephants. Perhaps the most famous resident of the island, however, are the orangutans. The only great ape in Asia, the orangutans’ natural habitat is limited to Malaysian Borneo, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), and Sumatra. One of the most intelligent of the great apes, orangutans are threatened by poaching and development—your visit will help efforts to protect these magnificent animals.
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