Photographer's Note

I am about to wind up the postings of pictures from my journey to Sabah state, east Malaysia, in 1979, but I can't leave without saying goodbye to the delightful "persons of the forest", orangutans, I met at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

This is one of the persons I met in the compound of the centre, where they were allowed to roam about freely. I think the area was fenced in, but hardly to stop the orangutans from getting out, but to keep other animals and unwanted humans visitors outside. These orangutans, taken from villages where they had been kept as pets or rescued as orphans who had lost their mothers because of logging or poaching, were trained to return to a normal life in the forest. In due time they would all be set free.

I thought I was also allowed to roam about freely in the compound, but reading again my diary from this journey it seems I was accompanied by a warden. These animals looked very calm and harmless, but in case one of them had got angered at my close presence I might have needed someone to tell it to behave.

You will see two more pictures of this non-pet as workshops. The pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

And the title? Well, the monkey's shape reminded me of a card game.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6962 W: 407 N: 13776] (65266)
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