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Matang Wildlife Centre, Kuching

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Kuching attractions like Matang Wildlife Centre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I went in Malayan and orang-utans can be seen easily. But it was the image of a Zoo it is, while trekking through the jungle to see animals, was. Short shorts, t-shirts, beach sandals and feel free to go and prey on mosquitoes, so long sleeve long pants recommended mosquito repellent and heavy equipment.
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  • We spent 4 hours here enjoying the wildlife. The facilities are looking abit tired so all donations are gratefully accepted.  more »
  • I expected it to be educational and seeing Orang Utans in natural environments. First it was a long drive from the city, and then a hard walk around the reserve. The Crocodiles may be happy, but I am ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Stayed here for 2 weeks while volunteering with the Orangutan Project and moved every minute. The guys on the project live and breathe looking after these animals who have all been rescued from unfortunate situations and conditions.
  • I went with my family on christmas day 2016. It was raining heavily. We brought umbrellas. The plankwalk was slippery. The animals are in cages so it felt like a zoo. The entire area is situated in a rainforest. The toilet at the admin office is clean but not the toilet on your way back to the carpark. The steps to the toilet is covered with green moss and very slippery. Whilst appreciating the effort done to care for the animals, much more can be improved. With more budget and better planning the animals can be placed in better and more spacious enclosures. Like the ones I've seen on youtube in developed countries. Soft ground with grass rather than hard cement. A wonderful experience 😊
  • The place is really great for family to hike in the cooling wood. The kids also enjoy seeing how the Orang Utan sunbath, listening to the call of the night owl, and touching the rare pitcher plants.

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The most popular area to stay in Kuching remains just south of the Sarawak River, where you can find affordable hotels offering basic but comfortable rooms. South of Jalan Main Bazaar, budget backpacker accommodations in the form of hostels and guesthouses draw many visitors with limited means. Consider the districts north of the river for more exclusive and resort-style alternatives.
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