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“Great rehabilitation programme”

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
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US$112.00*
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Full-Day Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and City Tour in Sandakan
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sepilok
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The sanctuary appears to have the right balance of undertaking a great rehabilitation/rescue centre and also providing tourists with the opportunity to see these fantastic animals without turning it into a zoo/circus. Great to see.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

I work in conservation in South Africa and sadly there are many 'rehabilitation' centres near me that don't do anything to benefit wildlife and in many cases, tell outright lies. I was therefore cautious about choosing where to go in Borneo but a visit to Sepilok was a good day and a chance to learn about the good work they do. Orang-utans are helped through the first crucial years of their life and then free to roam in the forest. Some are not seen again once released, others choose to return to the feeding station as much or as little as they like. It is not guaranteed that you will see any at all but that is what makes it a great centre, it is all at the animals choice. We spent time between the morning and afternoon feeds walking the forest trails and had lunch in the well equipped and cheap café at the centre.

Thank wwglobetrotting
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This sanctuary does a lot of hard work to protect and reintroduce orang-utans into the wild. Feeding time is a great way to get some good photos of orang-utans semi wild but still need some help feeding. Don't just go once, it's worth a couple of visits and a night walk to experience everything.

Thank Lepode
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

The place is well organised for you to marvel at these beautiful creatures semi naturally ie not in cages. We were lucky to see 9 at the morning feeding at 1000.
Easy to conbine with a visit to RDC or Memorial park.
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Thank nilintentum_reliquit
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had great time visiting the Orangutans. We went to the 10am feeding time, saw 5 orangutans and a group of monkeys. Then we returned at 1pm for 3pm feeding. But to our surprise, there were three orangutans hanging around in the trees in the parking lot! There were not many people during lunch closing time so we could easily take pictures without the crowd. At 3pm feeding time, there were more orangutans showed up including a mother and a very young baby. They stayed around for at least 20mins before they returned back to their forest. When we were leaving the parking lot after 3pm feeing, another surprise, an orangutan walked across the parking lot with ease like a human being! It was such great time to see those happy orangutans in this sanctuary. They have done a good job to protect them from palm oil plantations. It is so sad to see miles and miles of palm plantations in Borneo and the natural space for wild life is getting so small.
There are few good trails in the park also and you can hike it during lunch time while the offices are closed. The café in the park has decent food with fair price. There are no other café or restaurants in the immediate area beside a coconut stand outside the park gate.
There are lockers in the park. You are not allowed to take any bag or purse inside the feeding zone. They also provide few backpack sized lockers for free, It is good to store your backpack if you will catch bus to Sandakan after 3pm feeding. The last bus is around 4pm and is located in the parking lot. Colorful bus, easy to spot.

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