Or orangutangin’, to be more precise:
Caught these adorable infant orangutans during feeding time at Rasa Ria’s Orangutan Sanctuary.
Bormeo Orangutans (which translates to ‘man of the forest’) are currently an endangered species. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Sanctuary helps to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans before they’re released into the wild.
While most Sabah tourists fly into Sandakan to visit these ‘wild men of the forest’ at the larger Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, I’ve been advised by locals and TripAdvisor alike that the Rasa Ria Sanctuary offers a more intimate viewing experience with less crowds.
To get here:
Fly into Kota Kinabalu (KK) from one of AirAsia’s many destinations.
Hire a local guide or cab to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Sanctuary, located 45 minutes from the city of KK.
What to bring:
Water, insect repellent, good walking shoes, camera, and your love of the wild.