Erez Marom Photography
Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
After shooting many semi-wild females and babies, I notified our guide that it was time to find an adult male. Since it wasn't fruit season, it was going to be a challenge to find these completely wild, migratory adults, but I was determined to shoot at least one. After consulting a local farmer, we found a huge tree where 2 adult male were perched, feasting on its fruit. Madi, one of our assistants, went to find a way and came back with a concerned look on his face. It appears that it wasn't going to be so easy to reach the other side of the tree, whre shooting was possible. We let him know that we'd do whatever it took, and the journey began.
I never had to go through so much to traverse less than 100 meters of aerial distance. Over an hour, we traversed leech-infested waters (and got bloodily bitten!), went through underground caves Indiana Jones style, climbed rocks hanging on to tree-roots, and went through several other ordeals, such as almost falling through a hole in the rocks (I was miraculously saved by a log blocking my fall), and others I don't wish to think of.
But then we arrived. Two large, wild adult males were on the gigantic tree, and came down to see the visitors. They were a joy to shoot, especially Scarface - who was missing an eye, probably due to fighting with other males. These guys can weigh 90kg and are as strong as 5-6 adult men. I won't forget the look we shared!
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