Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

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Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Orang Utan Sanctuary Mar 05, 2012
Sepilok Orangutan reserve is a refuge for orangutans who have been "orphaned" (either they have become separated from their parents due to deforestation, or their parents have been killed so the babies can be taken as pets). The focus is on teaching the orangutans how to climb, forage and in general be orangutans. Like people, orangutans are born pretty helpless and have to learn skills like climbing and playing. Then, as they grow older, some are rehomed in other reserves and some stay in the park here, bringing their own babies to the feeding platforms when more interesting food is scarce.

The focus of the park as a visitor attraction is the feeding times at 10am and 3pm, when bananas and milk are brought to platforms for the orangutans who can't, or I suspect in some cases don't want to, forage further away yet. Apparently this is boring food so the orangutans look elsewhere for their favourites, which helps them learn to be independent. You need to be there for one of those times to see orangutans, usually, which have big territories. You are advised to put everything you can in lockers (free with admission) because orangutans, and monkeys, are naturally both nosy and fast and have taken people's stuff before.

The orangutans are wonderful. It's hard to explain how human-like and how magical they are. This is definitely worth a long detour to see. There is also a very educational and interesting film narrated by a chirpy Brit about the work that goes on behind the scenes, and the work done by the Malaysian government to help rescue orangutans.

Orangutans are still very endangered and the charity that works with the sanctuary do valuable work.

I think disabled access across the boardwalks would actually be fine. There is a cafe and very clean toilets, and lots of silver tailed monkeys too. There is also the usual small irritant in this part of the world - you have to pay extra to be allowed to take photos - but that's a small thing to complain about.

Highly recommended.
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sarahelaine says:
It was magical. :)
Posted on: May 11, 2012
tvillingmarit says:
Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did.
Posted on: May 10, 2012
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tvillingmarit tvilling…
65 reviews
Oct 29, 2007
Gentle and shy by nature, sightings of Orang Utan in the wild are rare. However, one place you are guaranteed of seeing them is at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. You can visit the centre at feeding time or just walk around in the forrest.

The world`s largest Orang Utan (Man of the Forest) sanctuary is just 40 minutes away from downtown Sandakan.

To visit, take a taxi or “Sepilok” buses from the station near Central Market in Sandakan. Or do as we did, stay at Sepilok Jungle Resort and take the 5 minutes walk to the rehabilitation centre.
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