Sarawak’s Semenggoh Reserve changes tack

Known until recently as an orangutan rehabilitation centre, Semenggoh, near Kuching in Sarawak, is now simply known as a “nature reserve”. For over 20 years, the wardens at Semenggoh Nature Reserve had been training young orangutans, orphaned or rescued from captivity, on how to survive in the wild. The success of this programme has left the surrounding forest reserve with a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult orangutans, who are now breeding in the wild. The rescue programme has thus been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre, leaving Semenggoh Nature Reserve as a comfortable home to its successful graduates, semi-wild orangutans and their babies. They spend most of their time roaming the forest but frequently come back to the centre for a free meal.

Hall 26a / Stand 117