By Carole-Anne Fooks
One of the unexpected rewards of a visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre close to Sandakan, Sabah, on the Island of Borneo, is a close encounter with pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina).
The troop consists of several males and a host of females, many with babies or infants.
The adults and sub-adults spend their time grooming each other, while the babies suckle on their mothers’ breasts, or play in an excitable and energetic manner.
Once the feeding of the orangutans begins, a number of the macaques head for the nearby platform to steal bananas.
The Centre is open to visitors mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and afternoons from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Sabah Wildlife Department
W.D.T. 200, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, East Malaysia.
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