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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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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  • I like to describe this venue as the magnet of Sepilok. Without it, tourism in the town would be a much different affair. So high was my expectation of a "Dian Fossey" moment that it all came crashing...  read more »
  • Too may rules, too many people, despite the silence signs, people will just keep talking and kids screaming with nobody saying anything. Staff isn't friendly at all. The park keeps advertising the tra...  read more »
  • I really don't know where all those good recommendations come from. We planned our trip to Sepilok along with a two nights stay in Sandakan because it is pointed out as some real highlight both in tra...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This conservation centre is doing a wonderful job for a beautiful, intelligent, highly-endangered species. During feeding times, the centre is extremely busy, so if you're keen on getting a good view of the feeding platform I would strongly advise getting there as soon as the centre opens to get yourself a good spot for viewing
  • 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.
  • It was so cool seeing the orangutans. It is definitely a great place for orangutans to get rehabilitated. But beware it is definitely touristy!
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