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Day Eight of the Autumn Tour: Malaysia

6th November 2017

The Prince of Wales using binoculars to look for orangutans during a visit to the Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Prince of Wales using binoculars to look for orangutans during a visit to the Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today toured Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum that showcases the lifestyles and customs of tribes from the state of Sarawak.

Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed with a traditional dance and given gifts of handmade beaded garlands. During their tour of the village, The Prince and The Duchess saw examples of traditional Sarawak dwellings, cooking and craft demonstrations and a performance of a warrior dance by members of the Iban tribe.

The Prince was also taught the art of hunting with a blowpipe - and was hailed a natural. His Royal Highness got to grips with the ancient weapon, which, normally loaded with a poison dart,  is used by the Penan people and others to hunt everything from wild boar and lizards to monkeys.

 

The Duchess of Cornwall watches as the Prince of Wales tries out a traditional blowgun during a visit to Sarawak Cultural Village

The Duchess of Cornwall watches as the Prince of Wales tries out a traditional blowgun during a visit to Sarawak Cultural Village

Later that afternoon, The Prince of Wales met orangutans when he ventured into the heart of the Borneo rainforest to learn about efforts to safeguard the endangered animals.

Six orangutans came to a spot at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on the island of Borneo, where they feed. One of the orangutans reached out to His Royal Highness, who was holding a banana handed to him by one of the guides, and he stretched out his arm too.

Semenggoh is the biggest orangutan rehabilitation centre in the state of Sarawak and is close to the region's capital Kuching. Orangutans are only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra and are threatened by the destruction of their habitats due to logging, mining and forest fires.