(Photo above) Abdul the wild, but tame, large male Bornean Orangutan that hangs around the Borneo Rainforest Lodge grounds at Danum Valley.
No feeding of wildlife is allowed at Danum, so Abdul probably hangs around because he enjoys the company of tourists.
T. Kanamori and her colleagues studied the feeding habits of 26 individual orangutans in the forests surrounding the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (2005 to 2007). They found that the orangutans preferred ripe fruit to all other foods but also ate bark and leaves. However ripe fruit was only freely available during two short masting periods. During the intervening lean periods when few forest trees were fruiting the orangutans survived on the leaves and fruit of figs and leguminous Spatholobus vines.
Overall figs comprised 21.2 % of orangutan food at Danum BRL. The fig fruit eaten most often was Ficus virens and the fig leaves eaten most often were Ficus benjamina.