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“Rehab Centre?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Matang Wildlife Centre

Matang Wildlife Centre
Kampong Rayu, Kuching, Malaysia
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Ranked #23 of 35 Attractions in Kuching
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Xi'an, China
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“Rehab Centre?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Like a lot of people, we went to Matang with great expectations - $10 Ringgit is a cheap (too cheap?) entrance fee. We loved the setting - the beautiful jungle walk along the cages was inspiring. However, the cages that the animals are kept in are not what I would expect. They are very very poorly maintained. There was very little information available and virtually no staff around. Yes, we saw orangutans, but.... were they being rehabilitated? I don't know. I think they are just stuck in a very very poor zoo. The organization that runs zoos in Malaysia need to take a close look at this - having spent MILLIONS of ringgit on an administration building - a souvenir shop (with one shirt, a pencil and something else I can't remember) that was closed at 2pm on a Wednesday and a few offices, this money would have been better spent fixing the cages into enclosures and ensuring that animals ARE rehabilitated.

I hesitate to say "Don't Go"... as I feel every $ counts towards helping these animals, but it is a pretty poor attraction I am sorry to say. And to reiterate what someone else here said, the animals look bored. Totally bored.

We wanted to buy water - there was no canteen - that, along with no real souvenirs, no real information (i.e. audio/video) shows a real lack of will and terrible marketing skills. People come in, view orangutans for example - the little child goes into the shops and begs for the cuddly orangutan toy that costs RM$30... perfectly normal, but here - there is no such opportunity - a lost opportunity!

Visited April 2012
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“We are not sure what is the outcome?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

We liked the feeding and watching the babies.. like humans, but wonder what is the outcome of this whole thing. Orang-Utan-Babies have to learn which fruit to pick and which are in season with their mothers to survive and how do they do this in captivity? What`s their future? Is it good they come so close to humans, unlike in the wild, to experience they are so much stronger.. what about the accidents that happened to the keepers? I`m not sure there is a positive outcome leading into a future the way the rehabilitation is set up. The old male stares at you intensively like he is thinking "why do you keep me here behind the fence"? And I wonder why. And I wonder what the 2 sun bears are doing behind the fence.. so depressing.

Visited February 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Poor animals”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Visited here several years ago, and unfortunately, certain visitors were still doing monkey impersonations at the Orangutans, how sad.. Would not recommend, unless you like fairly shabby zoo style places..

Visited November 2011
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Houston, Texas
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“Small but interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

The wildlife center seems as if it's focus is on rehabilition rather than being a tourist venue (rightly so) - it makes for an interesting visit if you're able talk with one the rehabilitators working there. Also, it's in general a pleasant walk through the facility with beautiful vegetation.

Visited January 2012
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Kuching, Malaysia
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“Above average...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

Matang Wildlife Centre is basically a very small zoo with not many enclosures as the forefront tourist attraction to the rehabilitation centre. But, it is presented beautifully, had well marked walking trails with boardwalks, signage and handrails. The enclosures that we saw were sun bears, oranguatuans, birds, porcupines, deer and crocodiles. Some of the enclosures were empty at the time of our visit. If you would like to see orangutans, you will see some, for sure. But, I think, they looked sad and were in small enclosures. I did remind myself though that the centre is for rehabilitation so they are probably being very well looked after.

We drove ourselves out and after a brief look at google maps it was quite easy to find and had plenty of signage to follow. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The centre did seem to have lovely accommodation (simple though) available but we weren't able to find any cafeteria or canteen - it was raining and there weren't many people about so perhaps it was just closed that day?

The walking trail took approximately 45 mins to see all of the enclosures, but it is well marked and easy to follow. It seems that the centre has other trails available too. The track was fine for my mother but not recommended for anyone elderly or with disabilities as it was rather slippery!

Entry fees were RM10 for adult, RM5 for student/senior citz/children. Overall well worth the trip out and a lovely relaxing stroll around the jungle. A good way to get into 'Borneo' without diving into Borneo at the other national park trails and hikes!

Visited March 2012
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