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“A bit disappointed.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matang Wildlife Centre

Matang Wildlife Centre
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Full-Day Matang Wildlife And Trekking At Kubah With Lunch from Kuching
Ranked #30 of 84 things to do in Kuching
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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A bit disappointed.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I have to say we were a bit disappointed with our visit to the Matang Wildlife centre.
It looked promising, with a lovely, large building (the information centre), but on entry, there was not a great deal of information and no one else was around.
We headed over to the sunbear enclosure, that gave us a good opportunity to view one of the bears at quite close range.
Next to them, were some Orangutans. (Doris, Katrine and Peter, according to the lady at the gate entrance!)
The was Aman (the man of the forest) in his cage. I did feel rather sorry for him.
Some birds in cages, and surprisingly one that could talk "Lock the door"!!!
No other areas were open to the public. (Crocs etc)
There were some other orangutans, that were not on display.
Overall, the place seemed a bit 'lifeless'. No other tourists around and no staff to explain their work.
I'm sure some good work does go on there to rehabilitate some animals, but I think they are missing opportunities to get their messages 'out there' and perhaps raise extra funds??
Based on what we saw that day, I wouldn't make the effort to go there again.

Visited June 2014
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“smoking orangutans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Not very well maintained though they had quite a variety of animals here. Crocs, porcupine, hornbills, monkeys, deers, orangutans and so on.

Speaking of orangutans, there were a bunch of kids before us who threw down lighted cigarettes to where the animals were, and surprisingly they know how to pick it up and smoke! Just like a human being! Not sure if the care takers had anything to do with this habit of theirs...

Visited March 2014
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Kuching, Malaysia
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Should have maintain well”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

It is a nice place where you can visit the orang utan, walk in a jungle and enjoy a bit of nature....however it should have maintain well and should have well kept.....the animals not as much as i expected....but it is the nearest place if one wants to keep in touch with the so called wildlife...

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Diverse Range of Animals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The Matang wildlife centre has a great range of Borneo animals, you get to see the close enough or from viewing platforms, the circuit takes just over an hour, and if done in morning you can see them being feed.

Visited April 2014
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nothing much interesting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

It feels like a poorly-kept zoo with listless animals and empty cages. Perhaps it is mainly catering for research and reconcilitation of animals, rather than as a tourist attraction site, there wasn't much one could see and do at the centre.

Visited April 2014
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