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ORANGUTAN OBSERVATION RULES AND GUIDELINES AT BRL

The rules and guidelines of the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL) are all in place for your own safety as well as the safety and well being of the conservation area and its residents. During your visit, kindly observe the guidelines set out below in order to ensure your experience here will be hassle free and something special to remember.

Do not step out of or leave the trail; these areas are off limits for your health and safety as well as the health and safety of the animals.
Do not approach, touch or feed any animals; physical contact with the orangutans can not only spread diseases from you to them, but also from them to you. The orangutan is very sensitive to diseases because of their genetic similarity humans and physical contact with other orangutans (they are semi-solitary animals).
Do not smoke in the forest; it increases the chance of fires, adds to the problem of littering and the smell can be disturbing to the animals. Cigarette butts are also agents for transmitting diseases.
If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind
If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the animals (even if animals are on the tree) please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
Flash photography is not permitted! The orangutan afraid and will avoid flash. Automatic flash is not effective in the forest. Please check your setting before going tracking.
Keep your voices down at all times. This will help you to locate the animals easily and allow you to observe the animals longer and nearer. Loud noise will deter the animals from appearing and or run away as you nearer approach them.
In the event the orangutan makes a call (sound) “Kiss-Squeak” (Click here to listen) and/or waves branches to you, it indicates that the orangutan is ANGRY (NOT greeting) or nervous seeing humans. Crouch down slowly, do not look the orangutans directly in the eyes and walk away slowly from the animal.
Do not stay UNDER the tree wherever the orangutan is around the same tree. Food particles and some branches may fall on you. These falling objects may be of danger to you.





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