I started to lose my confidence in the search for orangutans for a while, since I couldn’t find any for a long time. BUT NOW FINALLY I just found my first one; beautiful Gismo! For about one year he wasnt seen around camp at all. He is a flanging male, and regarding his size it seems like he’s gonna be a really dominant one.
It’s fun to follow the orangutans who come to the ground to drink and forage on termites. You suddenly come so close, you realize how vulnerable you are and that you are there on their premises. Gismo would always try to make sure to have a distance of 10-15 meters once on the ground, but the forest is so dense that you can’t let him go much further than ten, otherwise he might get lost, which he also eventually did. After a long time in the forest now, I must say that Gismo is one of the most beautiful orangutans I’ve seen!
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