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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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Never seen a OrangUtan before? Than you should go and have a look. Your will be watching dozens of OrangUtan from distance (not that far away). Besides, you can enjoy the tropical... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Never seen a OrangUtan before? Than you should go and have a look. Your will be watching dozens of OrangUtan from distance (not that far away). Besides, you can enjoy the tropical reserve forest. Ask the staffs at the entrance for OrangUtan feeding schedule and location.

Thank Jack L
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Sepilok as part of an organised tour. We arrived first thing in the morning and our guide took us straight to the nursery where we watched the young orangutans for quite a while before the crowds arrived. The downside was that feeding time was extremely crowded and incredibly hot standing in close proximity to hundreds of other tourists.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was good to see the orangutan but it was just like any other zoo. Watching them from a platform eating on their platform before they disappeared into the trees. Probably not what I was expecting as I'd been told they come up to the boardwalks and get really close to you. My children enjoyed it and that's the main thing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived when the sanctuary opened at 9 in the morning. I would say this is a good time as we walked through but only was one orangutan from a distance but when re reached the building at the end there were multiple in the rehabilitation centre. Just seeing them up close and not restricted was brilliant. We then went... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for the morning feeding time ,we did not think we would see much but was very surprised there were many of them on the feeding station , then came the monkeys .

Thank annibear
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here in February 2017. Beautiful and peaceful setting. We attended the morning feeding but no animals appeared. Feeling deflated, we started to walk away and then out of nowhere, 2 large orangutans appeared and the large male attacked a woman a few feet away. He ripped her clothes off all the way to her panties. Yes, we saw... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sanctuary is not that big, but well maintained board walk. So when you get there head to the reception centre and you pay entry and a small fee for cameras. Then you walk about the back of the reception centre to the start of the board walk. Go slowly and listen. The orang utans use the rails of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After seeing orangutans in Semmengoh, this is no longer exciting. We were in Sarawak a week ago and it was magical to see these lovely creatures in the wild. It was anti climactic to see the same but in different environment where they are held in a compound to be trained to live in the wild. It is still worth... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My visit to the sanctuary was magical. I felt privileged just to be there and to be able to witness a few orangutans in their home. It's a very popular attraction and I found the AM feeding to be overcrowded but because of the interest it's to be expected. The sanctuary have public feedings twice a day and I went... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was a lot of hanging around at the airport. Plane was cancelled and had not informed us. When we booked this trip we were led to believe we would be seeing orangutans in their natural habitat. We went to a big compound where young orangutans were taught how to survive once they were put in the forest. It was... More 

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