Cutest little "monkeys"....errr....I mean orangutans!!!!!!

I have three nieces: Heather, Hannah and Heidi. From the day that they were born, I called them "my little monkeys". I still call them that because all though they are fully grown, they are as cute as can be. Well, the faces that you will see…

Precious cargo contained!

This trip has already started with lots of excitement. I arrived in Medan, Sumatra late last night. It is extremely hot and humid. I am so happy that my room has air conditioning (and wifi)! After I settled into my room I checked my email to…

Theo's friendship with King Kusasi...and how they shared a brotherly drink

It was in the year 2000 when I met Kusasi, one of the most memorable characters in the natural world. He rose from a rescued orphan orangutan to king of the jungle around Camp Leakey in Tanjung Punting National Park located in the southern part…

How much stuff do we need? Theo losing the battle.......

I have declared war on advertisement! And it looks like I am losing the battle. I have advanced to an age where I deserve and highly cherish my afternoon siesta nap at home. Unfortunately my wife’s office is right next to the bedroom and on…

Orangutan Project: Jami

Days 1 - 3 After leaving New Mexico (and Theo and Gershwin) and then flying through Los Angeles, I flew via Tokyo to Jakarta, Java. I over-nighted in Jakarta after arriving at my hotel at 2:00am and then caught a flight to Bali the next morning…

A place where you can hear silence

Do we still know what silence is? Do you believe “to hear silence” is an oxymoron? I don’t. Let me explain. I would like to start with a simple question: “Have you ever been to a place where there was no noise at all?” No traffic noise,…

Introducing PRINCESS!!!!!

Photo credit:  ©Theo Allofs Yes, a real princess. She is the gorgeous red head in between my forest guide Kasri and me. She came out of the forest and grabbed our hands while we were walking. It's hard to see, but she has a young infant…

"Girl of the Forest"??

Today I spent my day packing for another trip. I am heading off to Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia to photograph one of the most wonderful animals that I have ever met - the wild orangutan. In Malay, orangutan means  “man or person of the…

Two of Two: Meet Theo (I am German, so my name is pronounced "Tayo", not "Theeyo"! I am very sensitive about this)

I was born near the Neanderthal Valley in Germany, a fact my wife loves to use when introducing me. "Look at his forehead" she says and smiles, "don't you see his ancestry?" Years have gone by since my forefathers have left an important historical…