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Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
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Full-Day Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and City Tour in Sandakan
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very crowded”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

A good chance to see orang utans if you aren't going to do any trekking. But the we'd already been to the sanctuary near Kuching and so this seemed like more of the same only with loads more people.

Visited March 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Well done”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

I was in Sepilok Reabilitation Centre on 20th of February 2014. Easily accessible from Sandakan town, at a distance of about 20km, Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre impresses by its mission: to save and help orphan animals or those who have problems, to reintegrate into their natural environment . The place is very well organized, even in the middle of the rain forest, stretching over a large area, and with great care, so that tourists do not have uncontrolled access outside areas specially designated . Attraction is observing orangutans during mealtimes . With prior appointment can visit the nursery also. Actually before observing orangutans, visitors can watch a documentary movie about them . Is a very usefull and interesting experience specially for kids.
Visiting hours are morning and afternoon, with one ticket being able to participate on both. I was fortunate to see many orangutans, even in the morning one female with her little child. And those attending the morning meal, were mostly teenagers and so we had a little show. Although they can occur anywhere, even behind the visitors, as has happened with two of them . What visigrs has to know and understand that is the appearance of animals can not be controlled , they live in freedome and not in cages. So no one can guarantee how many will come.
Regarding accomodation. for tourists who want to return to the city, nearby are few places. I stayed at the Sepilok Jungle Resort http://www.sepilokjungleresort.com, a 5 minute walk Rehabilitation Center, a special location in nature . I recommend !...
Near to rehabilitation center there is Bornean Sun Bear is Conservation Centre, aimed at rehabilitating and reintegrating these orphan animals back in nature. Is a small species of bear, black and smaller than "classic" bear.
For transportation from Sandakan to Sepilok, it can contact the resort at which, for a fee, offer this service.

Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lots of orangutans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

I visited on the 12th of March 14. In the morning there were 2 orangs (one being a larger male which may have frightened off the smaller orangs). In the afternoon there were about 12 orangs. I got to the afternoon session about 40 minutes prior to the session and 2 of the orangs were sitting on the railing. It was great.

Sepilok is a rehabiltation centre with the aim of eventually having the orangs being self reliant. This is not a quick process and takes years.

Having read some of the other reviews - the things to remember with seeing wildlife is patience, being quiet and visiting on more than one occassion.

Visited March 2014
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not Very Exciting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

Hard to see orangutans, went to two feedings and only a few showed up and they weren't very close. Not much different than seeing them in a zoo. The proboscis monkey sanctuary is suppose to be a ripoff but it was a lot better as to getting up close to a lot of interesting monkeys. Was there for one feeding and enjoyed it very much,,,worth the trip to Borneo.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“tastefully done, its for a good cause - go.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

It is very popular, but you can see why. we saw a mother and her baby, it was great to see them fairly close up before we headed to the river.

Visited October 2013
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