Orangutans and Monkeys and Gibbons, Oh My!

Hello again!

I would like to start by warning you that the beginning of this post is going to focus on our trip to the rainforest, which Meagan already talked about a bit in her last post, but please bear with me. We saw primates in the rainforest and there is no way I’m going to let that pass without talking about it. I love primates. I love monkeys and apes, I know the difference between the two and I will correct anyone who mixes them up (much to Meagan’s chagrin). I have loved primates since I was a child, and I have more stuffed primates in storage than I care to admit, but I have never seen any in the wild, until now. During our drip to the rainforest we saw five different types of primates! Our first evening there we saw dozens of crab-eating macaques, one of the most common types of monkey in Indonesia, making their way along the river bank (see pictures below). The locals refer to these monkeys as the cheeky monkeys, and rightly so. During our stay there several of these monkeys decided to make camp in our balcony to hide from the rain, in addition to pressing their faces against our windows to see if we had any food they could steal. We also were able to see orangutans in their natural habitat in one of only two places in the world where this is possible! Plus, we saw a family of gibbons, and two other types of monkeys; Thomas Leaf monkeys and Pig-tailed macaques. All of this is to say that I had a fabulous weekend, and it was really cool to see what else Indonesia has to offer.

All right, now to tell you about what else we’ve been up to. This month we have been focussing our research on drip irrigation and have done a number of experiments in that regard. We have also been conducting an experiment with bokashi composting. This type of composting uses microorganisms to ferment food waste and decrease the smell. We have been comparing different microorganism mixes to an untreated control, and the smell between the untreated food waste and the others is most definitely noticeable, and really interesting to note. This month we also spent a weekend in Malaysia for visa purposes, and it was definitely a memorable trip. Between being locked out of our room,  spending some time on the beach, eating all kinds of food and wandering around a UNESCO heritage site, we definitely made lots of memories in Penang. Now here are some pictures of the primates from the rainforest as well as some photos from Penang for you to enjoy:

A group of crab-eating macaques. And a very large lizard.

A couple moms making their way along the riverbank.

A couple of moms making their way along the riverbank.

An Orangutan with a banana!

An Orangutan with a banana!

An Orangutan with her baby!

An Orangutan with her baby!

The beach in Penang

The beach in Penang

Meagan and I enjoying our Malaysia beach day

Meagan and I enjoying our Malaysia beach day

Posing with some street art in Georgetown

Posing with some street art in Georgetown

Thanks for reading and for all of your support!

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4 thoughts on “Orangutans and Monkeys and Gibbons, Oh My!

  1. I can confirm that she knows a lot about primates and monkeys. Not to mention I have attributed to that collection of sfuffed monkeys. Thanks for the update ladies. It is always good to know what you gals are learning.

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