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Alpha Male Orangutan

Alpha Male Orangutan

Photographed at Camp Leakey, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo. I was having tea with Dr. Birute Galdikas, the primatologist known from the IMAX movie, BORN TO BE WILD. We were enjoying tea and cookies while sitting on the porch of her cabin from which she conducted several decades of research on the orangutans in Camp Leakey. Out of the woods came Ben, the alpha male orangutan. Though wild, Ben has long been familiar with Dr. Galdikas. As such, he seemed to feel quite comfortable hopping onto the porch to join us. Here, he is savoring a durian fruit. He sat with us for about a half-hour, casually observing a female orangutan nearby. Soon thereafter, he moved off the porch, climbed the tree with the female orangutan, and then proceeded to copulate with her. Afterwards, he abandoned us and ventured back into the jungle.