June 22, 2010

Another Busy Day in Malaysia

After spending a final comfortable night at the Borneo Rain Forest Lodge, we arose early to another incredible sunrise over the magnificent Danum Valley.  Our guides were ready to drive us to the Malaysian Meteorological Department's Global Atmosphere Watch Station, where we were to meet a helicopter, which would take us on our next adventure.  Because we had become so used to heights, a brief climb on the tower, before our flight, seemed only natural.  Our destination was the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, located in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.  This is where injured and sick orang-utan are brought to be cared for so that they can, hopefully, be returned to their natural habitat.  Volunteers from all over the world come to the rehab center for a two-month stay, assisting in the rehabilitation process.  You can find out more here.  After Sepilok, we visited the Rainforest Discovery Centre, where we had an informative presentation on current programs to help control and reduce deforestation in Sabah.  We toured the incredible gardens and, of course, ate lunch!