Visited Sepilok some years ago when it was less well know, and as a result less busy. At that time you could actually have a close unscripted encounter with the Orang-utans. There was one in particular called Judy who had been brought up by humans, and as a result you could actually hold her hand, as you were unlikely to infect her with any disease. However on this latest visit we found it to be more staged and touristy, and not as many Orang-utans visible. The large noisy crowds made it more of a sideshow than a serious wildlife rehabilitation centre. There’s no doubt their work is vital to the survival of the species, but they need to approach it in a less commercial way. If you are visiting Sabah then it is still worthwhile visiting Sepilok, just don’t set your expectations too high.
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