Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah

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Visit an important conservation project at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Opened in 1964, the center aims to rehabilitate orphaned baby orangutans rescued from logging sites, plantations, hunters, and homes, before releasing them into the wild. Set in a protected rainforest, the project lets you witness how they train the young orangutans to survive in their natural habitat, swinging on climbing frames, being fed, and monkeying around. Walk the wooden pathways and bridges through the surrounding nature reserve to see mature orangutans back in their natural environment after rehabilitation and release. Add Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre to your Sandakan travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Sandakan day trip planner.
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  • Go for the day. Although it's closed between 11:00 and 14:00, the Malaysian sun bear rehabilitation centre is right next door and is open during those hours. We went for the day from Kota kinabalu and...  more »
  • We arrived with the car and have stayed close. In the morning directly to the first feeding 10: 00 in the Center. Super great. In any case, the video look that there is local tide. Very interesting. All without a guide. Thus have we saved mad money and much as get we all other. Then at night the Nightwalk made. That was crazy good and we discovered super much. SUPER
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  • After spending a couple of months in Borneo, I hadn't actually seen any Orang-utans - with a few days left in Kota Kinabalu before heading back to the UK, that needed to change. I'd heard about Sepilo...  more »
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  • Great place to see orangutans and they are doing some great work at the centre. So a worthy cause to support. Can be quite busy, so a very different experience to seeing a truly wild orangutan, but a whole lot easier!
  • A very important place as it welcomes orphaned and injured orangutangs for rehabilitation before returning them to the wild. Try to see them early morning. Tickets are valid for the whole day and multiple entries are possible.
  • It was awesome to see the orang utans in this sanctuary. We didn't see them at the feeding point but at the nursery. Love these animals. Staff is very friendly.
  • Amazing experience with the orangutans. They're in the wild and know when to come for feeding. The macabes know.. Not to less with them. This beauty kept coming closer after I started blowing kisses to him/her.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Well worth the effort of the very early morning flight to get there. Rescued Animals were looked after well. Don't expect to see the Orang Utans in numbers, we were quite lucky to see a few & a mother & her baby. Our park guide was excellent.

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On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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