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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah
(3.9/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and other Sepilok attractions using our handy Sepilok travel itinerary maker.
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  • It's nice to see orangutans in their habitat. The truth is that I expected more, but should understand that we cannot invade your space. They are the Kings and us attackers.
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  • Arrived for the 10am feeding and saw a family feeding. Was absolutely amazing. Got to see very natural behaviour and observed them for a while. We came back for the 2:30 nursery feeding and that did n...  more »
  • Well organised centre allows the opportunity to see orang utans in a near natural setting and roaming free. Could have spent the whole day. Good to know your fees help to conserve the animals. Staff a...  more »
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  • Sepilok have changed so much over the years (I grow up in Sandakan) and its probably for the betterment of the Orang Utan conservation. However from a public perspective the whole experience from the get go its isn't really attractive as it was 15 years ago. Looking from educational aspect I find the facility have not change many of the exhibits and posters at the showroom for at least 25 years. Considering Orang Utan is one of the major tourist attraction for Sandakan certain amount of investment should be consider to improve the overall viewing and learning experience. They should taken the leaf from the Sunbear conservation Centre next door for better improvement unless they like the idea of being vintage. 25 years ago as teen I look forward to join activity held in this facility however I am not sure I will if being ask again now looking at the current condition. Having said that will always support Sepilok!
  • A must to visit, very nice to get to see the orangutan and even some other monkeys. I would not call the place run down, it is functional, by this I mean the walkways are good, the viewing area is good but you can see that the money does not go into those things, the money (I hope) goes into the rehabilitation of the orangutan, where it is supposed to go.
  • We were pleasantly surprised by how large the enclosure was for the animals. Not only did we see the apes eating during feeding, but we got to see one playing/eating in a tree just a few meters from the main walkway. There are two feedings throughout the day (10am and 3pm) but the early feeding is dominated by tourists brought in by buses. If you can go to the afternoon feeding to have a better experience with less people.
  • Firstly, do not pay tour operating guides as they charge overrated prices when you can get it cheaper by taxi or bus and paying on the door. When you arrive try to act and talk Malaysian (learn a few phrase before entering the sanctuary) my wife was able to fool the ticket office and cause a distraction as I climbed over the fence around the back. Once inside, we made our way to the viewing platform where we pulled our leech socks up high (RM30 from the counter) and watched as the oranutangs frolicked around pleasantly. We were disappointed though with the human interaction of the feeder, who ate majority of the fruit provided for the animals. We were shocked that we did not get offered too as we had missed breakfast that morning to arrive before the crowds at 6am (get there early but not this early!!!) We were also disappointed with the amount of tourists who clearly were only there to snap up shameless selfies and not for the correct cause... Which is the famous noodles and fresh juice from the cafeteria outside (although this is not open at 6am so again- get there early but not that early!!) We then joined in with the selfie taking at the nursery (if you can't beat them, join them!!) It was amazing to see the smaller animals playing and eating... This time, interacting with the humans around! Fun fact: did you know 97% of Orangutan's DNA is shared with humans?! Astonished!! The centre was fully equipped with air con which made being inside a pleasant experience compared to the sweating of bollocks outside! Do: get there early, eat in the cafeteria and pretend you're Malaysian. Don't: get there too early, eat outside of the cafeteria or show your true ethnicity. P.S visit the sun bears after! Review pending.
  • The program they have in place is excellent for conservation/education. You can really enjoy the feeding time of Platform 1. Ensure you have good shoes and water if you choose to do the hike through the bird walk.