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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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Sepilok, Malaysia
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We visited the Rehabilitation centre twice - morning and afternoon - and if you get the chance we would recommend this as each trip is different. We were luck enough to see an orang-utan with her baby on both trips. Watching the young orang-utans in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mjmrf29
Reviewed 2 days ago

The rehabilitation centre obviously carries out a five star service to the endangered orangutans, but with my rating of 4 i just wanted to stress that you should not content yourself with just one of the two feeding times if you want to catch the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TeamAbbySamin
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one visit you will not be disappointed with. The sunbear sanctuary is close by so do them both together. We saw the youngsters through a secure window, but plenty of photo opportunities to be had (no flash please as it alarms the Orangutans)....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mariedS274HV
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walking distance from where I was staying at Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. Great to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature and the wildlife. Also, take comfort in the fact that the entrance fees paid is going to a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must to see. You can get close to the Orangutans and their feeding time is very entertaining. Access is via a broad walk. You can’t take any bags in with you, they provide free lockers. You are expected to be quiet so as not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lucyleak
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This centre is all about the rehabilitation and, where possible, the reintroduction into the wild of Orangutans. The work that they do here, and their dedication, is phenomenal. The money paid for the entrance is put back into providing the best care possible and creating...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Raelovedpetra
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sepilok reviews are saying is the best center to visit as Borneo have many of them. We visit few and Sepilok is charging more for entrance fees and was fine with us cause they do have a nursery and reputation beeing the biggest center ......More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located relatively close to Sandakan, the Sepilok Centre is a great addition to your trip. There are two main activities - walking through the bush to the feeding platform, and a visit to the outdoor nursery to see the younger orangutans. Both provide a unique...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 216chrisp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a huge place for the tourists, but big enough. Theres one feeding platform and nursery on the other side. If you using a camera its extra 10riggit to pay. You can adopt one or volunteer. Its great to get to see them. Dont miss...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank julliia217
Reviewed 1 week ago

This orang utan sanctuary does not have any fences around it, so they get wild orang utans come in for the free food as well as the ones undergoing the rehabilitation process (which can take 10 years). The juveniles are hilarious as they play in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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February 26, 2019|
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Response from Mick S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for late answer yes Taxis are out side
February 2, 2019|
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Response from HeatherMegaMauriFan | Reviewed this property |
There are quite large lockers and a lady guarding the entrance so that is an option. You will not be able to take anything in to the viewing platform not even a camera case ! We managed to get our case in a couple of times... More
I visited today the center and I found the animals, the dedication of the staff and the story of its founder very touching, it is a great achievement. I read about the massive scale of deforestation in Borneo and being here I see why: If you fly or travel by car across Sabah you see most of the time palm oil plantations. I understand that this export product is an important income for Malaysia's economy and some big farmers, I even met with one of them. But I also know that this irreversible destruction of pristine rainforest is all the time reducing the habitats where orang utans can live and it is by far the most important threat that might eventually lead to their extinction. In other words, if this process does not stop now, the rehabilitation center will be just another zoo, as there will be no place where to put rehabilitated animals. As an organization that cares about the future of orang utans I expected this conflict of growing plantations vs habitat conservation at least to be mentioned and discussed. When I asked this question to the friendly young English lady today near the entrance, the smile in her face vanished and she became very defensive. "We are an unpolitical organization and palm oild production is much more positive than the media say. Just see the website of the agricultural organization!". I do not expect the conservation center to start a war against palm oil production and I assume this would not be a wise thing to do. But to mention the problem in the video and the posters and make visitors aware that providing the center with modern medical equipment alone does not help if their habitat is vanishing is something I would expect. But again this should not diminuish my respect for all people and the Sabah government who support this center. I am happy and curious about any statement to my comment/question.
November 6, 2018|
Response from HenrietteS139 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Florian, I think you have hit ecactly the right spot with your comment, I totally agree with you. Yes, the people that work for and the Sepilok Sanctuary itself and it's founders are very dedicated and... More