Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
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rumi00
11 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to Sandakan in December 2023. We live in Redondo Beach in Southern California and this was a wonderful trip to visit KL, Singapore, Langhawi and Borneo. We initially had planned just to stay in Kota Kinabalu but then our son really wanted to see the Orangutan Rehabilitation in Center. As such we made a spur of the moment decision to fly off to Sandakan on Air Asia.

Not having planned this part of our trip in advance I looked to trip advisor and found a few reviews of Tour Guide Chris Tan Wee Tong. I literally called him from the airport in Kota Kinabalu and asked him if he would be willing to give us a guided tour/transportation while in Sandakan. Fortunately, he was available on the day we were arriving.

As promised Chris was waiting for us at the airport in his brand new car and already had our day completely planned out for us. He took us to see the Proboscis monkeys, Sun Bears and Orangutan exhibit. He also took us to the local mosque of the area so that we could participate in our Friday prayers.

The Orangutan centre was truly amazing. You have to plan your journey as to the feeding times. I believe we went for the 2 pm one. The orangutans are highly intelligent and started to show up at about 1:45 pm even though the food had not been put out for them as yet. The rainforest was beautiful as were the animals. As a former Biology major it was a blessing to see these majestic animals in their native environment.

Chris was the ultimate professional and responsible guide. He really went out of his way to give us his unique view of his beloved Sandakan and its people and culture. Being a former police office we felt completely safe with him as he imparted his knowledge and love of his land. He even went so far as to arrange our transportation back in Kota Kinabalu and arranged for a wonderful driver there as well.

We most definitely plan to return to Sandakan and highly recommend Chris to all travelers. He can be reached on WhatsApp at +60168376629
Written 4 February 2024
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,829 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This should be the first place to visit when you arrive in Sepilok. Feedings are at 9:30 and 3:00. They are closed between 11-2. We bought our tickets in the morning and watched the juveniles and adults feedings. Home for a nap and back again for the afternoon feeding.

We also had multiple sightings of orangutans along the walks to the feedings. Don’t miss the video as it does a great job sharing lots of important info about the center and what they are doing to work with these beautiful animals.

We especially enjoyed talking with Tracy at the main center. She is passionate about her job and these animals.

Believe me, it will be the best 50mr that you will spend.
Written 19 January 2024
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OceanLovingCouple
San Francisco, CA4,716 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We love Orang Utans, one of our closest relatives. Seeing them in the Wild on the Kinabatangan River cruise (or in Sumatera, Indonesia) is an unfortegable experience. Try to see them anywhere besides here because the crowds are like Disneyland on a holiday weekend. The mornings are the domain of the tour groups, bus after bus, van after van, disgorging huge groups.

We knew this in advance and thought the afternoons may be better. Nope. The parking lot was overflowing and parked cars lined the road in while others circled looking for a parking spot (mostly in vain).

Once inside, it was elbow to elbow like a Tokyo subway car at rush hour. At least the nursey is air conditioned on one side, although the windows have not been cleaned in months and there is excrement and dirt on the outside, handprints from all the small children on the inside. At least at the nursery there were a handful of young Orangs to view through the filthy glass.

The adult feeding platform is like the 16th level of Dante's Inferno. Several hundred people crammed in a pen like structure with no fans or breeze whatsoever. To say it is hot, sweaty, and smelly is an understatement. We always wear neck fans so we suffered less than the other 300+ people crammed in there, but we could not stand it for more than about 20 minutes.

One solitary and sullen looking orang showed up for the feeding at 10am. He sat on the platform and ate the huge pile of food while sitting. No playfulness, hanging from ropes etc like at the nursery.

The center says the small turnout (of Orang Utan) is a good sign that the population no longer needs the handout of food. Also, they'll say its fruit season so natures abundance is at peak. Fair dinkum as the Aussies like to say. Whatever the reason, coming here to see Orang Utan , to use my mom's favorite phrase, "the juice isn't worth the squeeze".
Written 30 August 2023
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Jackson P
Manila, Philippines95 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
I had read a lot about this place before we visited and I was very sceptical about it being any good. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this place is run. On the edge of the nature reserve so the animals can come and go as they please. At one point I was face to face with and orang-utan.

This place does get busy during the morning. Try and get ahead of the crowd or stay behind once they have all left for the best experience.

You can easily grab here from Sandakan so no need to join a tour.
Written 21 June 2023
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Scott M
Sydney, Australia502 contributions
Apr 2023
We went in early April which is just outside the natural fruit season .. so the orang-utans did come for an afternoon snack of fruit. THERE ARE WARNINGS THAT IN FRUIT SEASON YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THEM. This was our first view of these animals in the semi-wild (the semi refers to the feeding aspect) but the animals move outside the area after feeding. We were lucky to see 6-8 including the alpha male. Even, like us, we spent some time within primary and secondary rainforests in Borneo where true wild sightings were common, you must go to this place. ALSO MAKE TIME TO SEE THE INFANTS IN THE REHAB. CENTRE.
Written 16 May 2023
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Jhothi R
Scotts Valley, CA27 contributions
Jan 2023
I am amazed by these animals such gentle creatures.
Please do support the cause by donating or adopting.
Written 20 January 2023
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HW08
Port Macquarie, Australia375 contributions
Dec 2022
A visit to the Orangutan Rehab Centre was important to us as we did not see any Orangutans in the wild on our river cruises.
Our morning visit to the see the Orangutans was disappointing, only one showed up at the feeding. Fortunately we had time to go back in the afternoon and were fortunate enough to see a few including a couple of babies. Very disappointed that the nursery was not open.
Written 12 January 2023
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rayontime
Singapore, Singapore219 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
A little disappointing that we were not able to visit the nursery. My understanding is that not many people get to see it so this means that after a 15 min video you go to a feeding platform and watch a few of these majestic creatures eating and then that’s about it.

Experiencing something like this at the Singapore zoo for example is so much better !
Written 2 January 2023
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TravelDooey
Melbourne, Australia304 contributions
Dec 2022
A bit disappointing that you just walk out to the feed station & then there isn't really anything else to see or do. So you only need to get here at feeding time. Then you can't stay to do or see anything else. The orangutans turn up for about 20 minutes & then head back into the jungle. Cool to see them
Written 1 January 2023
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Susan B
Southampton, UK175 contributions
Sept 2022
We were unlucky to visit when the nursery was shut for renovation, which was hugely disappointing as we didn't get to see the little ones. However, we enjoyed lovely views of the orangutans feeding, and one came onto the viewing platform within a few feet of us - that was amazing. Such a privilege to see these wonderful, endangered creatures at close quarters. A must do visit to support this important rehabilitation project.
Written 22 October 2022
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