Wild orangutans can only be found on two islands in the world - Borneo and Sumatra. So visiting Borneo was definitely on the ‘to-do’ list! While I was there I saw orangutans in the wild, as well as in the Orangutan Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Sepilok. These orangutans are considered semi-wild since there are no fences, but the sanctuary does provide food on a feeding platform if they want a tasty snack. The word orangutan means “man of the forest”, which is fitting since they share about 96% of the same DNA as humans.
Also in Borneo are the Borneo elephant and the proboscis monkey. I was lucky to see both species while cruising down the Kinabatangan River, as well as some baby crocodiles, birds, and a bunch of silver leaf monkeys!