Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

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FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the Correct Name Feb 04, 2015
We chartered a taxi to bring us to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre for RM120(return trip, if i recall correctly since i remember trying to bargain) and boy are we glad we did that. It had started to rain during our drive to the park.

The taxi stopped at the main gate to enable us to buy the entrance ticket fee. There is also a toilet near the main gate.From the main gate of the actual reserve is quite a walk up a hill leading to the meeting point.

So we were glad we didn’t have to walk as we saw other visitors (whom had come by public bus) running in the rain for shelter and the only shelter is available at the meeting point.

So at the meeting point, we were greeted by the park ranger whom informed us that the Orang Utans are “scheduled to appear” at about 3 pm which was the feeding time. Thankfully, the rain stopped while when it was reaching 3pm. However, we were worried that the Orang Utans would not appear as it had rained and it is fruit season meaning theres plenty of fruits for them to eat in the forest without having to come for the food from the ranger. The Ranger also explained that the morning group of visitors went home disappointed as the Orang Utans did not come out from the forest i.e. did not appear during feeding time so the visitors had come in vain. There is absolutely no guarantee that the Orang Utans will appear. They will come and go as they wish. We had initially planned to come for the morning feeding time but luckily we did not as I had wanted to shop! Thank God for shopping! Otherwise we would have not just wasted time but money too.

At about 3.30 pm while we were crowding around the Ranger, a Mother Orang Utan and her child suddenly appear by the side of the car parked on the road. We were immediately told to step aside and allow them to pass without hindrance as the Mother can turn aggressive if she feels she or the child is in danger. Soon they went into their “tree house” to get the already prepared food while we visitors get busy with our cameras. Once they were done eating the Mother (with the child clinging on to her) made her way into the Shelter (thus we had to step back) and she actually turned on the water tap for water to drink! Talk about animal intelligence! But of course she did not turn off the tap and walked off with her child back into the forest.

Then another Ranger came to inform us that another Orang Utan had appeared at another tree house so we all rushed to see this Orang Utan. This was a male Orang Utan and a bit of a “show-off”! He was gaily swinging around and looking straight on at cameras flashing. People taking the public bus were told to rush off & make their long walk back to the main gate as the next bus was scheduled to arrive at 5pm. Time really flies! We stayed on and after enough photos, we made our way back to taxi driver who was waiting.

To conclude, I would recommend this trip to the park especially for families with kids. It is really different from watching them at the Zoo. Here they are truly at home! They don’t have to do stupid tricks to amuse humans, they are protected and given food which they can choose whether or not to eat.

Pictures will be uploaded soon!
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Ils1976 says:
if there are Orang Utans involved, I am hooked ... hope to visit it one day! :D
Posted on: Feb 04, 2015
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trippin_jen trippin_…
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Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre May 26, 2013
This place is about 30-45 minutes drive from the city. Surprisingly, entrance fee is only MYR 5 for adult and MYR 3 for children and senior citizens. Huge difference compared to the fee for the Sarawak Cultural Village. And I thought they needed more funds to care for the Orang Utans!

There are a total of 27 Orang Utans during my visit in May 2013. But don’t expect to see all 27 of them as they live in the wild and will only respond to the Rangers’ calls if they’re hungry. These Orang Utans are fairly used to human beings around them, so don’t be surprised if you get to see a number of them having their ‘morning walks’ with you along the road. I unfortunately did not get the chance to get so near them.

My main aim was to see the big, hairy, flat-faced creature but again, luck was not with me. This big fella must have been well fed earlier in the morning so he did not respond to the Ranger. I only managed to see 4 younger Orang Utans and 2 babies clinging on their mummies. It took the Ranger a looooooong time (probably 20 minutes?) to call them. We, the ‘spectators’ were partly to be blamed for not being in total silence. Apparently these young ones were observing from on top of the trees, but didn’t want to appear as they heard different voices apart from the Ranger’s which they are already familiar with. We were waiting patiently in the shed under the trees, but standing there 20 minutes doing nothing does not mean you won’t perspire! Bring your water!

According to the info counter, these Orang Utans are fed with fruits twice a day during off-fruit season. During fruit season, they can hunt for their own food. None of them are kept in cages. They are all free to move about, and they don’t leave the forest as it has been their home for over 20 years.

Before going to the feeding platform, the Ranger gave a very short briefing of the ‘don’ts’ (only) but never explained the history or the Orang Utan’s nature what-so-ever. It was disappointing as I’m sure many would like to learn more about this special primate. It was probably because it was already 3pm and they close at 4pm, so they had to hurry. Anyhow, if you want to know more, there’s a small info centre where they display write-ups about the lives of Orang Utans.

A few things that you have to remember is to never use the flash whenever taking photographs, never point long sticks (umbrellas/canes/walking sticks) at them as they would think it’s a weapon and never carry food or drinks as they will snatch them from you. Although they’re probably half or ¾ of human height, they are fairly strong and can attack! They are anyhow wild creatures. If you don’t believe me, they have photos to prove that a few people were badly injured due to the attacks.

For those who plan to visit this place with a public bus, do note that the bus stops you at the main entrance of the Rehab, and you’ll need to hike up a trail of about 1km until you reach the home of the Orang Utans – aka the forest. The last bus back to the town is about 4pm or 4.30pm (please check), so make sure you leave the place on time to catch this last bus.
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therry_fx therry_fx
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Great to visit Jul 24, 2011
To go there, take the shuttle van departed from the Sarawak Tourism Board at 8 am and 2pm, rm30/pp return trip which included the entrance fee and drive you all the way to the center, instead of dropping you off at the entrance.

The show? The feeding time, at 9am, A huge orangutan, 'Richie' the Alpha male.
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