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Orangutan's in KL

Hey,

My family and I are heading to KL in June for 2 1/2 day stop over. Whilst we are there, we would love to go see the orangutan's!! Apparently there is some place where you can have breakfast with them or something! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Preferably looking to go in the morning as we have plenty of shopping to do, and could do this whilst we are 'waiting' for the shops to open!! We'd want to get up close with them, not really interested in seeing them behind fences, if you know what i mean!

Any advice, tips etc, would be greatly appreciated :)

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1. Re: Orangutan's in KL

I'm not aware of any Orangutan Sanctuary's in West Malaysia.

The two main ones are in Sarawak and Sabah - on Malaysian Borneo.

Other people might know differently, but can't say I've heard of places that are good for seeing them near KL, afterall - they don't exist in the wild in west malaysia anymore.

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2. Re: Orangutan's in KL

Orang Utan's are not endemic to Peninsular Malaysia and have never been. In the whole world, they are only found in the wild on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.

As such, if you are looking at seeing them not behind fences, it is impossible to do so outside the two islands mentioned above. You need to fly to Sabah or Sarawak, which is the Malaysian part of Borneo and go to one of the sanctuaries there.

If you really want to see one in Peninsular Malaysia, there is an Orang Utan island at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort about three hours drive north from Kuala Lumpur. But there are "fences" there.

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3. Re: Orangutan's in KL

Hi

Breakfast with the orang-utans is at the wonderful Singapore Zoo, not in Malaysia or Kuala Lumpur (6 hours drive). The Kuala Lumpur zoo is not a patch on the one in Singapore and not a must see at all.

Most of the santuaries in Malaysia don't allow human contact with the Orang-utans, as they are being rehabilated. The big santuaries, as stated above are in Borneo, not on the Peninsular, there is a small one up north, but not interaction allowed.

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4. Re: Orangutan's in KL

crossed wires mate, not in KL

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5. Re: Orangutan's in KL

As mentioned above, the "Breakfast with the Orang Utans" you've heard of most likely refers to Singapore Zoo's "Jungle Breakfast with Wilflife" (www.zoo.com.sg/l2_t2.aspx?l1=2&l2=21&langid=1) which does include viewing of the Orang Utans, however they don't sit at the table with you, you cannot touch them, but you can get within around a metre of them. We've done the breakfast a couple of times and have found if you book in advance you tend to get some of the best positioned tables, right near where the Orang Utans sit for their breakfast. Your view though does disappear once people start lining up for their photos in front of the Orang Utans.

The closest place to Kuala Lumpur for Orang Utans is obviously Zoo Negara Malaysia (the National Zoo - http://www.zoonegaramalaysia.my/). We actually really enjoy Zoos both for getting to see animals that we wouldn't see in our every day life, and of course for the conservation work they do (both in terms of breeding programmes, and in that by having these animals in the Zoo, it means they will - hopefully - always be around for people to see). The KL Zoo is not the worlds fanciest or most advanced, however it is quite well set out, most of the enclosures are spacious and a concerted effort has been made to make the enclosures somewhat like the wild (plus they are working on making better enclosures for those animals still in small, unlandscaped enclosures - apparently the elephants are next). They have some beautiful Orang Utans, however it is, of course, a Zoo so no different experience than visiting the Orang Utans in any Zoo.

If you're looking at seeing Orang Utans in the wild, it won't happen on Peninsula Malaysia - you would have to travel to Borneo, and even then you wouldn't be guaranteed wild sighting, so your best bet would be to visit the Orang Utan rehabilitation centres at Sepilok (Sandakan in Sabah), Rasa Ria Resort (just out from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah), or Semenggoh (just out of Kuching in Sarawak). With only two and a half days in Kuala Lumpur you really don't have time to fly across to Borneo.

The next best thing is Bukit Merah Laketown Resort's Orang Utan Island (south of Penang, or around 3 hours+ north of Kuala Lumpur). The Orang Utans have their own island (www.bukitmerahresort.com.my/orangutan.htm) on which they live and play. Visitors are enclosed in a caged walkway, so you are still looking through a cage, but the Orang Utan is free to move around! There is a boardwalk area (near the infant centre and the teaching area) where, if the Orang Utans are out to play, you can get some great photos sans cage. Bukit Merah breeds and rehabilitates Orang Utans, and once ready, the Orang Utans are released back into the wild in Sarawak. When we visited we were told they have successfully bred 16 Orang Utans. We really enjoyed out visit, and will go back again, however not sure that we would undertake the 6 hour+ return journey from Kuala Lumpur if we only had 2 and a half days in KL (we went from Penang where the trip is between one and one and a half hours).

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6. Re: Orangutan's in KL

hey, thanks heaps for your replies!! I may have gotten it mixed up with Singapore!! ohhh well, i'll need to plan a trip to Singapore then!!

thanks

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7. Re: Orangutan's in KL

As good an excuse to go to Singapore as any...

Or think of it as an excuse to come back to Malaysia and visit Borneo (either Sabah or Sarawak to check out the Orang Utan rehabilitation centres).

L & S

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8. Re: Orangutan's in KL

There is a Orang utan rehabilitation park near Penang. Which is roughly about 6 to 7 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.

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9. Re: Orangutan's in KL

The one near Penang is Bukit Merah. It's probably only about 3 - 4 hours from KL as it's around an hour(ish) from Penang. You can generally drive to Penang in about 5 hours (according to a taxi driver we were chatting to in Penang - we've not driven it ourselves).

Lise & Sabrina

Edited: 12 May 2011, 01:17
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