Matang Wildlife Centre, located on the eastern edge of Kubah National Park, provides a home to several endangered species, most famously orangutans, in a large enclosed swathe of rain forest. Among the center’s many programs, its orangutan adoption program has been particularly successful—the center’s wildlife staff members take in young orangutans, typically orphaned or rescued from captivity, and train them to survive in the wild. Other endangered animals living in the facility include sun bears, sambar deer, civets, crocodiles, and bear cats, all of which can be viewed in their spacious, natural enclosures. Three on-site aviaries house hornbills, sea eagles, kites, storks, and a variety of other birds native to Sarawak.
Animals being rehabilitated inside the center live in large enclosures in a rain forest-like setting, which affords visitors better opportunities to view the animals and to learn about the center’s preservation and rehabilitation efforts.
Besides viewing the animals—many of which are difficult to spot in the wild—visitors to Matang Wildlife Centre can enjoy a riverside picnic area or a hike through the jungle with one of four marked trails ranging in time length from one to four hours.
Matang Wildlife Centre is located 19 miles (30 km) from Kuching, on the eastern edge of Kubah National Park. The best way to get there is by taxi or guided tour. While you can take the No. 11 bus line from Kuching to Kubah, there are no direct bus lines to the wildlife center. Admission to the wildlife center is included in the entry fee for Kubah, which is RM10 (equivalent to $4.50). The center is open every day from 8am to 5pm, and the animal enclosure trail is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Water, insect repellent, and a light poncho are recommended for hikers. While it’s possible to spot native wildlife along the nature trails in Kubah National Park, keep in mind that the animals should be viewed from a safe distance.