An Orangutan called Albert: a large alpha male – Borneo 2023

An Orangutan called Albert – a large alpha male. Light rain was falling in Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesian Borneo when this large alpha male Orangutan turned up at the feeding station. He was known as Albert – a great name for such a striking great ape. One of his fingers had been broken in a fight with a mother male and as a consequence the finger stuck out at a jaunty angle. Such an impressive Orangutan.

Tanjung Puting National Park is a major centre for the conservation of these highly intelligent yet critically endangered great apes. Threats to their existence are many with habitat loss being a crucial factor. Seeing these truly remarkable animals in the wild was a real privilege. Let’s hope that conservation efforts mean that these magnificent great apes will be with us for generations to come