In northern Sumatra lies the village of Bukit Lawang, known for its laid back lifestyle
and rustic beauty along a mountain river. It is home to an orangutan ‘orphanage’
where abandoned or injured orangutans are healed and sheltered
before returning to the jungle. In addition, the orphanage has a feeding station
in the hills where none or one or several wild orangutans swing down from the trees to feed.
Bukit was devastated in 2003 by a torrential rainstorm and flood
which nearly wiped out the village. Reconstruction has been slow.
These photos were taken in 2002 before the storm.
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