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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  • This is a must do in Sepilok. We arrived at 9am. There is a locker for bags and water bottles etc as nothing can go with you in to the park. There’s a 10rm charge for cameras. A cafeteria in the car p...  more »
  • We came to Borneo mainly to see the Orang Utans and we visited this sanctuary for two days - both mornings and afternoons. Both mornings were disappointing, we saw 2 Orang Utans on the first day and n...  more »
  • I recommend to enter the reservations among the first visitors to see and not to wait until the Orangutan feeding. Unfortunately visitors do not observe silence and more orangutans is alarmed. I was feeding twice and never miss, only a bunch of macaques.
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  • The need to protect Orangutan is without question. This centre is at the forefront of this task. However. The method used in the past - promise a potential exposure to Orangutan visits to a feeding platform - are nowadays outdated. While some lucky visitors may encounter a sighting, most don't. A revision of programing is needed. People don't travel halfway around the world on a promise - belief - that a sighting is almost assured. There are other ways to have more success at seeing an Orangutan; and those seeking dame ought explore those options.
  • Great conservatory. Go at feeding times! Very crowded! But also very worthwhile visiting! Take a good camera and a zoom! to take pictures!
  • I’ve spent such an amazing day here today. I’ve seen at least 10 Orangutans (in two feeding time) eating and playing together, the work that the Center is doing is an example that must be followed in most of the countries. Outstanding.
  • Beautiful jungle sanctuary for the orangutans. The 30 ringgit entry fee is well worth it. They do charge a 10 ringgit camera fee, but that doesn't apply to cellphone cameras. Don't miss the well produced 20 minute video documenting the rehabilitation center's mission. I went to the afternoon feeding an no orangutans showed up, but at the 2:30 nursery feeding I saw at least 10 orangutans of various ages (from a very young baby to grown ups) feeding and playing around. It was so mesmerizing to watch. This place exceeded my expectations and I'd high recommend it.
  • A wonderful experience. Could have watched the orangutans all day. Expect to pay small fee for cameras. You aren't allowed to take bags in due to the monkeys. Locker storage is available at entrance.
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