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“Historical conservation centre for orangutan ”
Review of Camp Leakey

Camp Leakey
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Camp Leakey provides education and passion for the conservation of orangutans. It is inspiring and provides a wonderful experience for observing the orangutans as they come for a feed of bananas.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AnnabelleE66
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

I went on this tour May 2018. AP Phoenix described it perfectly. It is not about luxury nor comfort. It is all about orangutans, up close and person. Such wonderful animals. No aggression towards us, just curiosity. You could travel with another company, but you would miss the best parts. Dr. G is a wealth of knowledge that she shared daily with our group. We were allowed to visit the feeding stations before the hordes of tourist arrived. We also had an opportunity to meet sun bears. I cannot recommend this trip more than I have.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Nancy L
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Reviewed June 3, 2018

Slightly disappointing museum/info centre that feels neglected, however because it was the original rehabilitation centre, the orangutans here are very comfortable with people and its likely to be the place you'll have a close-up encounter. There's a delightful gibbon who comes to the feeding platform too, and a not-so-wild boar snuffling around so its a great spot to end a tour.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LaraM1743
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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
2  Thank AP_Phoenix
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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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