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“A labor of love”
Review of Camp Leakey

Camp Leakey
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed May 22, 2018

Dr. Birute Galdikas founded Camp Leakey over 40 years ago. If not for this center and the work that Dr. G conducted here, the world would not have it's foundation of knowledge about orangutans. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and are clearly dedicated to the conservation of the area that is being decimated by logging and palm oil plantations. It is evident that a lifetime of work and care has gone into creating, maintaining and trying to preserve this area for this incredible species. The up-close exposure you have to orangutans in their natural habitat where they have freedom to come and go is amazing. They are generally docile, solitary creatures. Witnessing mothers take care of their young is also beautiful. They will walk and swing right by you- many times they were just an arms length away or less.

Some pointers- wear comfortable shoes as there is a bit of walking to the feeding platforms. Wear and bring mosquito repellent. Prior to this trip, I actually treated my clothes in permethrin. I also brought repellent with the highest amount of DEET that I could find. That being said the mosquitoes can still be treacherous so be sure to protect yourself. Also, the heat / humidity is intense as it is in this region of the world. I actually wore light, breathable materials (both pants and long sleeves / 3/4 sleeves for protection from both the sun while walking and bugs) instead of shorts. Bring a water bottle and stay hydrated! Try not to bring plastic, disposable water bottles there... you are in the jungle and it's difficult to remove garbage. I carried a Nalgene.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience and please support Orangutan Foundation International. They are the non-profit that funds the feeding stations, research, orangutan rescue and orphanage. They do not benefit from the fees that the Indonesian government collects from park permits. Anyone you see in the park or Camp Leakey wearing a blue uniform is there because of this amazing non-profit and I'd consider their budget shoe string considering the amount that they do and accomplish.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Started in the 1970's, this humble research center doesn't look like much. But, it is the final destination in the three feeding station tour of the orangutans and other wildlife. This walk is relatively easy compared to the first feeding station (it's long, but the path is in pretty good condition.) As we were walking back to our boat, it suddenly started to rain, and I just enjoyed the warm shower. It was a perfect ending to the visit. They've been doing this routine (the camp's staff) for a long time, and they got it down to a fine art. Just relax and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Bryan H
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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

This place and the work that they do to protect and study the Orang Utans is just amazing. The forest is beautiful and the various walks to the feeding stations yield a vast amount of beauty. The fun at the feeding stations is watching the hierarchy of the orang utan family and when and how they get their bananas or corn. It’s just amazing to watch.

Thank goodness we were here in January and there were only three other boats at the dock. There were less than 10 of us at the feeding station.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank IndySig
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

This is a research station that Dr. Birute Galdikas founded over 40 years ago. The heart of orangutan research and conservation began here. Feeding station is fascinating. Wonderful staff who are dedicated to conservation and education. If not for Camp Leakey, we would not know as much as we do about these gorgeous and VERY ENDANGERED primates. Visit and support Orangutan Foundation International.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Diane A
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Reviewed November 28, 2017

Beautiful to see the hard-working rangers preserve the habitat of the orangutans. As part of the orangutan tours (usually 3D boat tours) you will make a stop here.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank loneworldtraveler
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