Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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About Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometres west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia. The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha (10,610 acres), much of which is virgin rainforest. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.It has become one of Sabah's tourist attractions. In October 2014 the centre opened a new section where visitors can view the nursery area where the younger Orangutans first learn to be outside and play on a large climbing frame. This consists of 2 large indoor seating areas (one with air conditioning and one with fans only) with a large window that overlooks the play area. There is no additional charge to enter this part of the centre. The Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is neighboured to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and shares veterinary facilities, personnel, parking, access roads and ticket gates. Entry Costs (Malaysian/ Non-Malaysian nationals):Adult- RM5/ RM30 Child- RM2/ RM15 Ticket is valid for the day of purchase, so you can attend both feeding times on the same ticket. Camera Cost: RM10 Opening hours:Saturday to Thursday- 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm. Fridays 9am-11am and 2pm to 4pm. Orangutan feeding times: 10am and 3pm. It is recommended to arrive 30 minutes before feeding time. Facilities: Souvenir shop, information center showing a video 6 times a day, cafe and toilets. Getting there: Many organised tours leave from around Sabah at varying prices. Public bus #14 departs from Sandakan taking approximately 45–60 minutes, costing RM5. The Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan bus can also drop you at junction Jalan Sepilok, around 2.5 km from the Center. Journey approximately 5 hours from KK. Taxis are usually available outside the centre (RM40 to Sandakan).

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This article refers Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, Malaysia. Don't expect lot of visitors to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre since it is not a popular tourist spot in Sandakan.

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Address: Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

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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!

  • 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.

  • There are lots of Semi-wild Orangutan that are fun to see. The center is very large and it may be tuff to find one. We actually saw 2 of the Orangutans at the sun bear center next door

  • This was my second visit to sepilok, having visited 2 years ago. Due to my past experience of overcrowding at a morning feeding I decided to instead visit the afternoon feeding this time. As suggested in lonely planet, this was a much nicer experience, with far smaller crowds. As it turned out, only 2 young apes turned up for feeding (fruiting season has just begun meaning orangutans can find plenty of food without needing to return to sepilok). The jungle gym was a joy, watching young apes learn how to cope in the wild. The problem with this is that you watch from an indoor enclosure through glass that hasnt been cleaned for quite some time, meaning getting good photos can be an issue. My only criticism is the price, much more expensive than semenggoh and watch out, they charge you to take a camera!

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  • Please take note the opening hours as it closes between 11am-2pm. We enjoyed the walk and feeding session at 3pm. Very educative place.

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