Matang Wildlife Centre, Kuching

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#8 of 13 in Wildlife in Kuching
Meet and admire the orangutans of Matang Wildlife Centre. Stroll through the small zoo and rescue center, and enjoy the quiet jungle surroundings and lush greenery. Some of the orangutans are young and preparing for release, and some are permanent residents of the center. Learn about the rehabilitation of these endangered primates and see many other animals that populate this enclosed part of the rain forest, including sun bears, hornbills, crocodiles, and many others. Arrange to visit Matang Wildlife Centre and other attractions in Kuching using our Kuching trip itinerary planning site .
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  • There was a lot of renovation around main hall and toilets which is much needed. Did not see many orangutans only Peter and three outside. A bit disappointing as it supposed to be a refuge centre. and...  more »
  • This place calls itself and wildlife centre and suggests that the animals it cares for are being rehabilitated but in truth this is no more than a zoo. The enclosure/cages are far too small for these ...  more »
  • We arrived early in the morning to Matang, just at the opening around 9 AM. We were alone, which made a great impression because you can actually observe the animals uninterrupted. I have mixed feelin...  more »
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  • the place is poorly maintained. the living spaces are overgrown with weeds and trees. price is reasonable. come to see the orangutan. the warning signs about not approaching orangutan was a little too gruesome for kids to see. This place is not suitable for young children and disabled. too many stairs and no ram at all. some animals just look pretty sad inside the cages. 3 stars cuz at least some conservation work is better than none
  • Nice park, volunteers are doing a very good job with the animals, thank you !
  • We arrive here on 26 December. During our drive there, we have stop at various places and buys things to eat and enjoy the clear water, very cold indeed from the mountain nearby. When we arrive the Mating wildlife and the water fall area, it started to rain heavily. No, we did not stop here but had to drive to a fishing village by the river mouth. Well, there is no rain, beautiful clear sky , hot and windy. The seafood hear fresh and at reasonable price. Unfortunately we could not bug from them. It's for their restaurant business. Big sea flower crab, fish of most common type and shells.
  • The price for enter quite reasonable. Animals there not so many but still okay đŸ‘ŒđŸ»
  • An essential visit if you're in the Kuching area. It's the only wildlife sanctuary in Malaysian Borneo that opens its doors to all endangered species, so you have the rare opportunity to see native endangered animals that are very difficult to see in the wild, from orangutans, sun bears, clouded leapords, gibbons, langurs and monkeys, to hornbills, crocodiles, turtles, pythons, porcupines and slow lorrises. The staff and volunteers treat the animals with utmost respect and care. Do not be put off if you see animals in cages; unfortately the centre is under-resourced and cages are necessary to house the huge number of rescued animals recieved by the centre due to commonplace mistreatment of animals in trade and illegal captivity. The cages may be of concern to visitors used to standards of western zoos; however the animals are very happy, well fed and well looked after by staff and western volunteers. The park is a constant with in progress, with staff and volunteers building new enclosures to give animals more space and enrichment. The centre is a 45 minute drive from Kuching, much more accessible than other wildlife centres around Borneo. I couldn't recommend it more, to see gorgeous animals and to learn about wildlife. Tip: if you pass by a western volunteer, initiate a chat & ask them about why they're here and what they've learnt!

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