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“Disappointing visit.....”

Matang Wildlife Centre
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Full-Day Matang Wildlife And Trekking At Kubah With Lunch from Kuching
Ranked #31 of 86 things to do in Kuching
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“Disappointing visit.....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We visited the sanctuary recently, the road to the sanctuary was well maintained and entrance looking appealing. However upon asking if we would see or meet any, perhaps young orang utans we were told, no sorry they are all in the jungle being trained to go back to the wild life, we appeared to be the only visitors there. The Centre was open when we arrived, but we decided we will look there when we finish our visit to the "sanctuaries of the orang utans". Then we started the tour: crocodiles first, and then some more enclosures with or without any wild life, we could not tell as the enclosures were overgrown with weeds, etc. Disappointment started to set in, upon arriving at the enclosure of the "BIG APE" we were horrified, the enclosure looked very boring,not cared for, high grass, as did the orang utans (2 ) appeared bored, 2 were locked up and trying to communicate with the others. At the end of visit the "Centre for information" was now closed, so we could not even ask anybody how their project was going and how successful it was. There seems to be a lack of understanding for the public, who support very happily these projects but would like to also have a slice of the outcome of such a project. They appear to want to have the tourist visiting but not offer anything in return. I agree with review of Maria M that it would be good for Matang Wildlife Sancturary to have a clean and attractive approach for the public, we talked to locals and they agree, pulled even faces when we told them where we were going, perhaps the government should look into this as well.

Visited March 2014
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“Matang Wildlife Centre”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

We intended to visit the "Great Orang Utan Project". Somehow we went to the Matang Wildlife Centre instead. (Could anyone please clarify whether the "Project" is the same as the "Centre", and if it is not, how does one get to the "Project"?) I didn't think much of the Centre. We saw about 5 orang utans, and they looked so bored. There wasn't much that they could do in the enclosures. The hornbills were shut up in small cages and I didn't think they had flown for quite a while - although their bills were still strikingly beautiful. Generally, I think Semongoh would have been a much better choice - although when we went to Semongoh on another day, we saw only one orang utan. It had been raining for the past few days and we were told that the orang utans didn't like the rain, and had stayed away for the last 3 days. This particular one orang utan apparently was hungry and so braved the rain to come for food. (We did see however quite a few orang utans, including mothers with babies, on a previous occasion.)

Visited March 2014
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“This could be so much better but so worthwhile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

This place does a marvelous job but doesn't sell itself enough. There are a number of borneo animals to see as well as the Orangutans. We watched them at play and it was great to know that some of them will eventually be returned to the wild. Those that can't seem well looked after and content. This is not a zoo. You will be disappointed if that is what you expect. Take a walk along the jungle boardwalks and drink in the atmosphere and talking of drinks, make sure you stop at the little roadside cafe just before you get to the pay station, there are no drinks available on site. We went on 30th march, a scorching day and really needed refreshments by half way round.

Visited March 2014
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Henty, Australia
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“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is well presented with a boardwalk through the vegetation to the enclosures with the Orangutans and Sun Bears. The viewing platforms let people have a good view of the animals while they are exercising in their yards.

Visited March 2014
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“Overnight at Matang wildlife centre accomodation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

It has potential, hope it can provide more service. The animals look healthy, some of the Orang Utan are charming and playful, Wish they would provide real trees inside the enclosure.
The river near the cabin is very nice, good place to play for family. On the shop outside the park they provide tyre tube for local & visitor go down tubing in the river, I wish we had seen it earlier & given it a try. We stayed in the chalet which was very comfortable but did not have any facilities to cook. The front office loaned us an electric kettle, some plates and cutlery.

The staff are very helpful as we didn't have car the cleaning lady brought me to the shop on her motorbike under the rain to buy some snack & ice cream. Later the ticketing lady asked her spouse to cook for us, they came back in the evening with fried rice, jungle fern soup and fried chicken. In the morning they also send as crispy fried casava, all very yummy food we so touched by their kind heart and their looking after us so well.

Visited March 2014
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