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Sumatra is one of a handful places on earth where you can see Orangutans in the wild. Read about our magical experience with these beautiful creatures.


This is a baby orangutan in the jungle of Gunung Leuser National Park on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. At this park you're able to get very close to orangutans who live in the jungle but are used to being around people. We saw several different mother/baby pairs over a three-day period. These little guys must already be pretty tough - Mom used both hands and both feet to swing from tree to tree, so junior here had to hold on all by himself as they moved through the canopy.


Mother orangutan carrying her baby near Gunung Leuser National Park in Morth Sumatra Read more at


Her Majesty’s Throne This image of a Sumatran Orangutan was taken in Gunung Leuser National Park, North Sumatra, Indonesia. © George Frandsen


Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang Bukit Lawang is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia, at the eastern side of Gunung Leuser National Park which is one of the three National Parks in the UNESCO listing for Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra. With its name literally means “door to the hills”, Bukit Lawang is actually an Orangutan sanctuary, therefore many people come for trekking in hope to have sightings of the rare Sumatran Orangutans.


One last shot from Indonesia... This is the same adult male orangutan from previous photos, but I think this view gives a better sense of big this guy was. Taken in Gunung Leuser National Park, right next to the small river town of Bukit Lawang in Sumatra.