Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre

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Orangutans
Sanctuary
The Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is one of four Orang-Utan sanctuaries worldwide. Established in 1964, the centre covers an area 43 square kilometres in size. Its mission is to rescue and rehabilitate baby orang-utans orphaned from logging sites, illegal hunting, and other such activity.  

Orang-utans are the only species of great ape found outside of Africa. The orphaned orang-utans are trained on the necessary survival skills, and released when ready using a buddy system where younger orang-utans are pared with older orang-utans to learn the skills they need.  About 60 to 80 Orangutans live on the reserve.

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If you are going to capture the photos here, please make sure that flash photography is not allowed during feeding time.
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Getting there:
From Kuala Lumpur, have a flight to Sandakan, Sabah. The sanctuary situated at Sepilok about 25 km north of Sandakan. (see map at right). Public buses and taxis are available and will drop you at junction at Jalan Sepilok. Then, you have to walk about 1.5 km to reach the rehabilitation center.

(soure: Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre (Sanctuary), Sabah)
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5.0 star rating
Nov 13, 2008
A great chance to see Orangutans up close. The best time to see them is at feeding time when they come from all over the park to the one location.
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Jun 26, 2008
Without the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, Sepilok would not be much, and without the centre, the world would also be many orang-utans poorer. Meeting these apes up close in their environment and on their terms is a mighty experience and one that stays with you for the rest of your life!
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Jan 30, 2009
This place not to be missed if you get the chance to get in Sabha helps understand the problems urang utangs have in surviving because of deforesting. It is a nursery and rehabilitation for those animals found struggling for their lives. You get so close to them you can even touch during feeding by the rangers. Some of them, once taught how to find food, build a nest, will be rehintegrated in some parts of Borneo which still maintain some of the primary forest.
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Jan 31, 2010
A good way to get a see these interesting primates, the rehab centre is definitely worth a visit, but be sure to go in the morning as the place starts to fill up with tour groups as the day goes on.

If you have the time and are willing to go a little off the beaten track though, there are a number of other, better, spots in the region where you can see Orang-Utans in the wild without a loud tourist beside you shouting "look at the monkey" ;)
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Sep 14, 2008
There is a nature education centre with exposition about plants and animals of the jungle. The sanctuary cares about orang utan in troubles and leave them wild again. Every day Ranger feed on a platform the Orang Utans. Specially Orang Utan mothers with their childeren profit from this offer.
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