Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sandakan

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Meet some of the island's most famous inhabitants in their native habitat at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Opened in 2014, the center rehabilitates sun bears that have been rescued from captivity, then reintroduces them to the wild in the surrounding nature reserve. Visit the main center to learn about the conservationists' important work, as well as the threats posed to these distinctive and desperately endangered creatures. Stand on wooden observation decks to watch the bears play, climb, and feed as they head down the road to recovery. Before you head to Sandakan, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sandakan trip generator, to make sure you see all that Sandakan has to offer, including Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
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  • Came to see the Orang-utans but but really impressed with what they are doing here for the Sun Bears. Was excellent to have knowledgeable staff interacting with visitors explaining their work and answ...  more »
  • I was surprised to see two wild orangutans came across us on the path to the bear centre. I went here in the morning with less than 5 people in the centre. Highly recommend people come here to avoid t...  more »
  • They are the smaller bears of the world, only in Borneo. They are pretty close, and this Centre is located opposite the orangutans at Sepilok.
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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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