Sandakan Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Tours

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The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre near Sandakan is one of only four places in the world set up to preserve and protect orangutans. Established in a corner of the Kabili-Sepilok rainforest reserve in 1964, the center has expanded in recent years as the number of orphaned and abandoned orangutans has grown due to ongoing destruction of their habitat. The center cares for these endangered animals until they are strong or old enough to return to the Borneo jungle, offering daily feedings of milk and bananas to supplement their diets while encouraging them to start foraging for themselves. Other animals treated at the center include gibbons, sun bears, elephants, and Sumatran rhinos.

A raised wooden walkway takes you to a feeding platform, where orangutans living wild in the reserve emerge from the rainforest to free feed if they wish. While not all the orangutans make an appearance at feeding time (there’s no guarantee any will show up at any given feeding), this is the best opportunity to see them in their natural habitats. Visitors can also observe adolescent orangutans in their final stages of rehabilitation in a protected outdoor nursery facility.

Practical Info

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is 15.5 miles (25 km) north of Sandakan, on the edge of the Kabili forest reserve. It is open every day from 9am to 4pm, and can be reached by public bus in 45 minutes (4RM per person) from the city. Most guided tours to the center include hotel pickup and drop-off from Sandakan. Admission to the center costs 30RM, and the ticket allows you to attend both feedings that day. There is also a camera fee of RM10 if you want to take photos during the feedings.

The center purposely keeps supplemental feedings bland and boring to help encourage the apes to forage on their own. During the fruiting season when naturally growing food is abundant, it’s possible that few or no orangutans show up at feeding time. Whether at the nursery or the feeding platform, touching of the orangutans is not permitted, both for the safety of the apes and the visitors.
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Address: Jalan Sepilok Batu 14, Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Hours: Open daily 9am–4pm
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Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Journey into the jungles of Borneo on this incredible tour of the Sandakan Sepilok Rehabilitation Center. Learn about conservation efforts being made to protect wild orangutans and watch a dedicated team of naturalists teach these orphaned primates the survival skills necessary to exist once they are released back into the wild.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear and Sandakan City Trail

Spend the day among Borneo’s native wildlife on a full-day tour of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll observe rehabilitated orangutans in their natural rainforest environment and witness a feeding session. Plus, you’ll see sun bears at dedicated conservation center before taking a sightseeing tour of Sandakan, once known as Little Hong Kong. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-Day Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey Tour from Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu

Combine experiences with two of Borneo's most interesting primates during this single full-day tour from Sandakan or Kota Kinbalu (must arrange own flights). Visit both the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to see the inhabitants in their natural environments and learn about conservation efforts.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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SANDAKAN WILDLIFE Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey, Sunbear SANCTUARIES

A Wildlife experience with an encounter with Orang Utans, the endemic Long nose Proboscis monkey and the world's smallest bear - Borneon Sunbear.  Capture a overview of the Sandakan city before stopping by the famous Australian War memorial.  (OPTIONAL: You may OPT to return back to the Orang Utan center for the afternoon feeding In place of the City tour with visit to the Australian War memorial in the afternoon).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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DAY TRIP ORANG UTAN AND PROBOSCIS MONKEY

45 minutes fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan and meet Borneon Wild Man also The Clown of the Jungle within one day. On this short  vacation, you will go to Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and witness the feeding session at 10am. Before entering the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to see the Orang-utan, you will watch a short documentary video for 25 minutes. Next, you will go to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Labuk Bay is a wonderful place and it help many living things in the forest, especially Proboscis Monkey to get a place to stay. You will enjoy their feeding session and you may shoot many picture and videos as you want.
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