We were treated to amazing weather the day we did the Orangutan Rehab Centre which of course is never a bad thing, however it was an especially spectacular day weather wise. We headed first off to the nursery section which is where they care for the orphaned baby orangutans and where I expected to be pretty upset. Despite my reservations it's a great facility and their focus is on bringing up the infants only for the purpose of being able to join the balance of the population out in the trees and not for the purpose of being an orangutan on display. Human interaction is minimal and decreases as the infant gets older to maintain the focus on turning out self sufficient animals that could survive in the wild. I was actually impressed which is hard to do.
The stations are set back into the forest and you are probably 10 metres from them I guess. They have rigged these heavy duty wires everywhere for the Orangutans to swing on which is awesome and of course it means that you see the wires moving sometimes 20 minutes before you see the Orangutan. We were very lucky indeed. 3 came down for the morning session and because our ticket works for the whole day we went back in the afternoon and saw even more along with a mother and baby. I don't know whether its because they are so human like or if they are just so damn cute, but its hard to to leave not grinning like a tool. They are amazing creatures and the centre is doing good work.
Donate - There are quite a few Adoption programs that are great and very needed, however what most of the programs need is cash dontations to help claw back forested areas. After talking to rangers at both the Orangutan and Sun Bear Centres, my advice would be do donate cash. If they can stop the destruction of their habitat and maintain their local education program for farmers in the area's they can save these animals in the wild which is the ultimate goal.