Male Orangutan thinking in Borneo, Indonesia

Orangutans: All you wanted to know about them!


Infant orangutan with a milk beard in Borneo, Indonesia

Both Sumatran and Bornean orangutans usually live from 35 to 50 years, and female orangutans can have one baby in seven to nine years, although there were cases of twin baby orangutans when they are held in captivity. They are the only types of the Great Apes that have red hairs and also the only ones that are not living in Africa. They sleep on the trees and to do so, they build their nests all over again every night – you may see them use the leaves to make the roofs. Being among the smartest animals, orangutans are capable of using different natural tools, for example, they will use sticks and leaves to make the holes in the ground and catch the insects.


Where to Find Indonesian Orangutans

As we’ve already explained, in Indonesia, they live on the islands of Kalimantan and Sumatra. However, these islands are not that small for you to easily navigate through them in your chase for orangutans. That’s why we’ve listed some of the jungles where you’ll have the greatest chances of hanging out with these amusing fellows. Check them out!

Finding Orangutans in Sumatra

Baby in Sumatra, Indonesia

If you are looking for the orangutans on the island of Sumatra, you should visit Medan. Near this town, there is a village named Ketambe. There, you’ll be able to find some guides who organize pretty interesting visits to the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is, unfortunately, the only place in Sumatra where you’ll be able to observe not only them but various other wild animals as well.

Finding them in Kalimantan

Male looking for something in Kalimantan, Indonesia

Some of the great places for observing orangutans in the Indonesian area of the island of Borneo are:

·       Betung Kerihun National Park

Located in the west part of Kalimantan, Betung Kerihun borders with Malaysian Borneo. Local people living in this area often organize numerous walks and treks, as well as longboat adventures. Observing orangutans in the middle of the jungle of Betung Kerihun National Park will leave you breathless. In addition to observing orangutans, you will also be able to enjoy the charms of rafting and experiencing amazing river rapids.

·       Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre

Located in the area of Central Kalimantan, Nyaru Menteng is a shelter for more than 600 orangutans. In this center, they are taught how to survive in the wild forests of Kalimantan before they are let go. Even though you won’t be able to interact with baby orangutans, you will be able to observe them through the glass windows. The area that surrounds this center is beautiful as well. It abounds with some spectacular birds, butterflies and monkeys.

Another orangutan was coming to feed, so mom grabbed all the bananas she could and took her infant off to the forest in Borneo, Indonesia

·       Kutai National Park

If you happen to find yourself near Samarinda, which is the capital of East Kalimantan, be sure to visit the home of the orangutans from this area – Kutai National Park, and if you decide to visit the coast, you will be able to enjoy numerous primate species, such as leaf monkeys, proboscis, and slow loris.

·       Tanjung Puting National Park

The last but not the least, Tanjung Puting National Park is probably the best suggestion that we will give you. To reach the first place where the orangutans are rehabilitated, known as Camp Leakey, you are going to need a four-day boat trip. It is definitely worth it since you will be able to see the orangutans moving freely in nature. If you continue your trip through this area, you’ll also have the opportunity to see primates’ feeding spots and various species, such as gibbons and proboscis monkeys, besides orangutans.


Orangutan family in Borneo, Indonesia

Lovers of the Indonesian fauna will probably say that there is no experience that can be compared to hanging out with Indonesian orangutans in the wild tropical forests of this exotic country. However, if you are a lover of this animal species and you still haven’t visited Indonesia then you should pack your bags and start your adventure as soon as possible because, unfortunately, we can’t be sure how long both of these species will remain alive, having in mind that they are endangered by the massive deforestation and many other factors. You’ll thank us when you come back from the incredible journey.