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Matang Wildlife Centre
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Full-Day Matang Wildlife And Trekking At Kubah With Lunch from Kuching
Ranked #31 of 94 things to do in Kuching
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Our guide book really failed us on this one...it is really a zoo and the animals don't seem happy. Oneof our first experiences was seeing an orangutan eating its own vomit. The main reason we went was to see the orangutan training (young one learning skills), which we were told happened daily at about 10.30am. However on the day we visited we were told the trainer had gone out and wouldn't be back until the afternoon. As it was a morning trip we missed out.

Thank formulafrog G
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Matang provides you with an opportunity to see native animals including orang-utans, sun bears, civets and hornbills. There is a short self guided trail to walk where you can view a selection of the animals currently being rehabilitated or cared for. I’d personally skip the visitors centre and just enjoy the walk and animals. With a viewing platform for some of the orang’s and sun bears you can sit peacefully and observe some amazing creatures. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Kuching and for me well worth the drive.

A point to remember, Malaysia isn’t like the West when it comes to animal welfare and conservation so you may see animals in conditions that you find ‘cruel’. The government has overall say on how places such as Matang are run however there are organisations in place doing as much as they can to make the best of a bad situation. Protecting these animals is an ongoing process and the staff and volunteers at Matang work tirelessly to rehabilitate those that can be, or just make life a massive improvement to that which the animal lived before. If you want to do something good with your cash whilst being introduced to some beautiful animals in Borneo then this is the place to go. Or even better, rather than visit just donate some of your money or time to a great cause!

1  Thank McNoodle
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The drive there from Kuching was worth the whole experience. It is beautiful, but the parking places you far from everything. At least the map makes you think you'll be on some very long hike but it is all pretty close together. You only see like 3 orangutans, but pretty hornbills. Something fun to do as a family. Would be boring alone.

Thank JLR1994
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

this is the best of all the rehabilitation centers it has it all not to busy, but lots to see if you only have time to visit one center this is the one to go too.

Thank redcapphil
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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

The Matang Wildlife Center was just under an hours drive from Kuching City. There are a few trials but we took the easiest one which ran along the enclosure's and ended along where the orangutan's were.

The first part of the walk started from the center's information center. The info centre and offices are impressive, shame this is not the case throghout the park.

The first of the exhibits were the crocodiles both the salties and freshies. From the the walk went through aviaries, bearcats, clouded leapords, sambar deer, porcupines, civets and such. The most concentration were at the end where the orangutans were. We were lucky enough to see some young one's being let out for there jungle training. I understand the orangutans were primarily cared for by funds and volunteer staff from the great orangutan project group.

Where the orangutans were there are a variety of wildlife such as leapord cats, longtailed macaques, gibbons, an assortment of hornbills and others. There were also 2 huge orangutan males who were in seperate enclosures. The males were from the Semenggoh Rehab Center from where there were moved after too many fights with the alpha male Ritchie. There were also 3 sunbears in a very large walled in pen.

Overall it was sad to see the animals in cages but these animals were either dangerous and too used to humans or were
in the process of being rehablitated.

The place could be better, I hope more visitors and their contributions are spent wisely in future, for a better environment for these amazing animals.

1  Thank dezaroonie
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