Even though over the last thirty years Sumatra has lost more than a half of its tropical forests, its still home to an astounding number of plants and animals, many of them critically endangered. Some species, like the sumatran tiger, are virtually impossible to spot. Still, we were able to have a few interesting encounters:
– the world’s largest flower, the incredible Rafflesia, is a parasite plant with no leaves, stems or roots that grows on vines.
– the nasty macaques, who broke into our room, had a bite of three avocadoes and run away with rambutans
– fluffy white-handed gibbons
– a little spaced-out Thomas Leaf monkeys
– amazing, huge and peaceful orangutans. It was a weird experience to meet these creatures, because we are so much alike… In bahasa Indonesia orang means man and so the orang-utan is simply a man from the forest.
– and other primates