It was a peaceful afternoon when I cruised on Mahakam River - a moment of silence after a bursting morning at Jakarta airport full of TV coverage on bomb blast in Jakarta.
The line of mangroves looked like slowly waving and welcoming me to Kumai, the first port I was heading, is literally translated to “return to my lap”.
Sipping a cup of milk tea while enjoying the breeze at the front deck of Klotok (wooden river boat), I realized I went away further from the city where I came from.
Off I went to the lap of the jungle, stepped on an easy and silent path wondering the magic I would encounter later. While all eyes of tourists were anticipating, and all ears were sensing, here they were – smoothly swinging from one tree to another.
Gasping the breath, I stood awed to watch the Borneon Orangutan orphans.
It was just beautiful to witness the moments of perseverance. Swinging effortlessly, these are the small community of Orangutan that survived the human greed through deforestation, embraced the human love (only who care - regardless the other humans don't) and once again nature survival when they are back to the real jungle life.
Some of them survive, some don't.
Referring to the guardian (people helping the rehabilitation program), just like human beings, the ones survive are the ones demonstrate collaboration amongst the other group members. They travel in a group, share the food and take care of each other.
Certainly this well-proven survival skill, collaboration, would work for me back at my corporate life.
The enchanting picture above shares heart-warming love between an orangutan Mum and her 6-year old orangutan baby. They are one of the successful examples of ex-captive Orangutans in Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
This gorgeous family used to stay at the rehabilitation and are now successfully rehabilitated, or blended with nature, if you may say. Still, it does not mean they are happily ever after. Challenges remain. Seasonal change might bring down the natural food and water supply which then drive them back to feeding center.
Human greed is still haunting them.
Interested in nature, jungle perseverance of Orangutans, fabulous Indonesian cuisines at smooth-sailing Klotok on crystal-clear river (which you have to attempt the temptation not to swim as you might have good company of crocodiles), sent to good nights by thousands of bright stars and waken by the whole animals singing?
If you find yourselves nodding your head, simply email me so that I can share with you how you can experience the same.
Travel diary shared by wahyusari