Camp Leakey is a conservation camp located in the Central Kalimantan where you will find sterling work being carried out for the conservation of Orangutans and apes. Deep in the jungle these lucky orangutans are cared for and bred as well as rehabilitated and monitored in their natural surroundings away from the modern world. Reaching Camp Leakey is a real adventure as the only real way to access this area of the jungle is using the same means that have been traditional in the area for generations and that is by river. The rivers run through the mangroves and swamps to the plains and jungles of Kalimantan and after two days of travel through this beautiful region you will reach Camp Leakey Camp Leakey. The best way to embark on this visit is to book onto an Orangutan tour, these well established tour operators will take you on a live aboard boat often with on land camps and show you the areas of interest on the way to camp Leakey including the cultural villages and the other orangutan and nature conservation parks of the area.
Tanjung Puting National Park is a great place where you will be able to see all types of wildlife such as sun bears, wild boars and Sambar deer and even monitor lizards, pythons and crocodiles to name just a few of the animals that it is possible to see. These animals face a lot of difficulties and many of them are endangered due to attack from all angles in terms of over logging, hunting, and forest clearance for agricultural use, the illegal animal trade and mining. There is a lot of international research and funding going into this struggling area although for ecotourism this is a great opportunity to help this cause as well as having an epic adventure which is one of the most diverse and interesting of all of the tours possible you of Indonesia and has a great sense of purpose with the final destination being the Camp Leakey.
Camp Leakey is dedicated to the Orangutans and you will be able to see all of the work that goes on the area from the nursery to the care for the elderly or injured orangutans and the breeding programs which are notoriously difficult to carry out in captivity. As well as this you will be able to see the rehabilitation programs which help the orangutans have the best opportunity to survive and build in numbers. These animals are fascinating and offer a great insight into ourselves with memorizing behavior and there is know sweeter and more endearing sight than watching the young and baby Orangutans playing or being nursed by their mothers. There are many success stories and saddening tales to be told and the enthusiasm of the staff and all of those onsite at Camp Leakey is truly inspirational.