I have this weird thing where I really love observing animals but am seriously terrified of getting up close and personal with them. I’m not too proud to admit that during first grade I sobbed from fear when someone brought in their bunny rabbit for show-and-tell…. and I remember seven-year-old me frantically bicycling away from a barking chihuahua… And I am currently, and probably always will be, terrified of anything that slithers (I’m looking at you, Thai lizards).
But put me behind the safety of binoculars or behind a car door, and I am all about animals. I eat that shiz up.
So checking out these semi-wild orangutans from the safety of a viewing platform? Right up my alley.
We tried to go whale watching while we were in Iceland last year, but stupidly, we booked the boat tour for our last day in Reykjavik and the weather ended up being too bad for us to go out on the water safely that day. So no whales for me 😦 Even after living in Hawaii for a while, I have still never seen a whale in the wild *sigh* Someday…
This time, we made sure to book the orangutan visit for the first day of our trip. Lesson learned.
Malaysian Borneo is one of the last places on Earth where orangutans still live in the wild, so I feel extra priveleged that we get to see them. Erica, over at As Her World Turns, blogged about her orangutan encounter at Rasa Ria and it makes me even more excited for our trip. She shared a few photos of some little orangutans tumbling down a hill, and seeing them just about kills me. So cute.
While we’re in Bali, we’re also planning to visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society so that we can personally release little baby sea turtles into the ocean. I. Cannot. Wait.
I found out about the sea turtle release through Jayme’s blog and now it’s one of the activities I’m looking forward to most on this trip. (Side note: Jayme’s blog also just makes me want to pack up and move to Bali for good. Hope it’s just as dreamy in person!)
Also, I really wanted to post this baby orangutan picture instead but I’m afraid of copyright issues. So cute. I die.