Orangutan night at the Castle
Date: Tuesday 10 July
Time 6.30 for 7pm Start. Conclude at 8pm
Cost: $10 per person snacks provided.
In the first week of May 2012 six intrepid travellers departed Australia for the adventure of a lifetime in Borneo.
The group guided by the President of Borneo Orangutan Survival and Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding, went to visit the jungles of Borneo and to witness the progress being made by orangutans just returned to the wild. The group was extremely excited when they arrived at the Balikpapan airport to be told that the release had been rescheduled and that the group would be see the actual release.
The release was a history making event. It is the first time that orangutans raised by humans under a specially designed forest training programme have been released into the wild and monitored.
“To say that that the roads were rough is an incredible understatement. We travelled 35 hours to the release site across muddy damaged overgrown tracks. The last six hours involved a river in crossings by sling, an impossible walk up with our luggage up steep muddy cliffs and in the final part of the journey sitting on a 20 cm wide wooden plank being bounced across treacherous crossings and all time flicking off leeches who were anxious to become our travelling companions..”
“On May 5 an enormous Indonesian air force helicopter appeared from the skies carrying two release candidates Berlian and Hamzah. We joined them on their short drive to the release site and and there was not a dry eye in the jungle as we watched Berlian and Hamzah their cages and climb to the forest canopy level where they will spend their lives.”
Tony will share his videos and photographs of this amazing landscape and of the Orangutans and answer questions in this fundraising event at the Macadamia Castle.
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