So I am at the Danu Girang Field Centre in Borneo. You could look it up on a map, but you wouldn’t find it. Just checkout the giant forest there on google maps, I’m in there.
Internet access is limited, and I am really shocked we have been able to use it. It has humid and extremely warm, and I mean warm. Generally within several minutes of work I am sweaty. We have been extremely busy. I wake up around 5 am or sometimes 6 and typically retire around 10, sometimes earlier. There is no air conditioning at all, and the power goes out around 11 P.M. This means no fans, so ideally you should try to fall asleep before 11. Once you get used to the heat it is actually not that noticeable unless you’re busy doing something and you’re gonna sweat buckets.
Last night I heard of an Orang in the area so I went to survey the trees. Low and behold I found some possibilities for where it might have built its nest. This morning I was outside by 5:30 looking for its nest. The best way to find them is to locate where they sleep at night and then arrive early to track them. After waiting for a while and me walking in the general area. LOW AND BEHOLD THERE WAS AN ORANGUTAN!! I had some others who joined me along the way and I began jumping up and down. I ended up taking a lot of pictures, but I was so excited and focusing on what she was doing I didn’t focus my camera that well. She is a very young girl (subadult). I followed her all morning recording geeky primatology notes. It is now evening, hopefully I can find her again in the morning. Later this week we are going to another site in Sukau and doctoral students are doing research so I will join them and help. I talked to a girl that is here and she told me a big researcher is actually looking for new students…hmm. Tomorrow is another busy busy day!