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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear and...
Ranked #10 of 188 things to do in Sabah
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

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.

Thank Molesey19
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

I've been fascinated with orangutans for some time, and was recently reminded of my love of them after watching a British tv series on the rehabilitation of orangutans (either as a result of their habitat being cleared to make way for palm trees for palm oil, or as a result of illegal animal trade (mothers being killed so the babies can be taken and tamed)).

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is one of the centres focussed on rehabilitating these amazing animals with a view to them returning to the wild (or as close to it as they can get). There's a nursery with a viewing platform, where we were lucky enough to see one of the youngsters being fed (as well as seeing some cheeky black squirrels who were, true to form, squirrelling away some of the orangutan food).

There are two feeding sessions a day for the 'main platform' 10am and 3pm. We were lucky enough, according to one of the volunteers at the centre, to see 6 orangutans come in for a feed (including a mother and baby). We were told it's rare to see more than that in a feeding session - the volunteer said that 8 is about the maximum you'll see at any one time.

On our walk back to the entrance, we were extraordinarily lucky to see another volunteer walking along with two juvenile (and obviously very tame) orangutans on the walkway's handrail - we gave the orangs room to pass by, but they were only an arm's length away. Truly breathtaking!!

Highly recommend a visit - plan to spend half a day (morning or afternoon).

Thank LEstrange
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Was really nice to see the orang-utan up close! Can get a bit too touristy (too many people), but I guess that's the nature. The feeding was a highlight. Make sure you don't take any bags or backpacks in with you!

2  Thank Laura J
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

Nice place to see Orangutans and others monkey and birds in natural living.Not in cages or small rooms like in some ZOO.

Thank rybco r
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Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a fantastic project and well worth visiting.

Over the course of a week I spent four days here - and saw 8 feeds in total.

A ticket gives you access to both feeds in a day and I strongly recommend going to both but if you can only manage one, then go in the afternoon. There are far fewer people and the orang utan are

I see there were negative comments from some visitors about the staff and the way it is organised. It is worth remembering that the apes are all wild - and so staff there are watching constantly the behaviour of the apes to keep visitors safe, so they can't always answer all questions in detail at the time but they will do at the end. And the behaviour of many tourists - talking loudly, phones ringing and children running around for example can make their job hard.

It is so important to be quiet and respect the animals and you'll get the most out of your visit. Make noise and disturb the orang utan and they won't come or they'll leave earlier.

2  Thank Glyn T
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