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“Mesmerised by the bears enjoying life!”

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
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US$130.00*
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Full-Day Sepilok Orangutan and Sun Bear and Sandakan City Trail
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Sandakan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I found out about this new centre when I was planning our trip to Sepilok and made sure we included some time to spend at the recently opened centre (earlier in the year) to support the Sun Bears. At the time of our visit there were 4 (possibly more) bears in one enclosure and 2 bears in an adjacent enclosure, all of which we could see from the raised viewing platform. I was glad to see the bears interact with each other and look happy compared with the lives they had been rescued from. The staff at the centre are very engaging and will tell you about each of the bear’s stories. It is nice to see passionate people working towards this good cause.
The morning is the best time to visit, as this is when the bears are more active. We stayed and watched the bears and talked to the informative staff for more than an hour in the morning, then had some lunch (there is a cafeteria adjacent the entrance to Sepilok Orang Utan sanctuary, which is just next to/across the road from the the Sun Bear centre). We returned after lunch, as the ticket is valid for the day, and ended up staying another 1-2 hours watching the bears and a group of macaques that came to sit on the viewing platform (we did notice the bears less active during the hotter part of the day – just like us!). As it is so close to the Orang Utan Sanctuary, it is worth the visit while you are there to see the sun bears too. There was also not the crowd here that you get at the Orang Utans. Another point to note that there is no set feeding time for the bears either (just in case you are trying to plan a visit around it).
We really enjoyed our time here and I realise some people might visit and not stay anywhere near the length of time we did, and it surprised us how long we stayed, but we were enjoying watching the bears and the macques, and talking to the staff.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Dislike the fact that a sanctuary has to be set up to protect these wonderful creatures because of human destruction and loved the fact that someone had taken on the task.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Dr Wong, the CEO and owner of this amazing centre has obviously put his whole life and being into establishing an outstanding centre for the rescue and rehabilitation of the beautiful sun bears.

They are glorious creatures and NEED to be protected.

The centre is a welcoming, clean and well designed sanctuary as well as an enjoyable tourist attraction. You are in the rainforest and can see how the bears enjoy this natural habitat.
The viewing stands offer great views of the bears with huge respect for the animals.
Curious Orangutans may also appear from the Orangutan centre next door.
Its great fun and thoroughly interesting.
Dr Wong makes such an effort to talk to visitors and is highly informative about the sun bears and his work as a vet, rescuing, looking after and protecting these beautiful creatures.
Please visit the centre and see for yourself.

1  Thank Maria M
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

I like the part where there is a tour guide giving all the information we wanted and answered all questions we answered. Very friendly

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We went to visit the sunbears after watching the orang utans in the morning. There were quite a number of bears that could be spotted and managed to catch the feeding time for the bears.

The bears were lovely and we learnt alot more about the conservation of the sun bears from the friendly staff who were more than willing to share about the habits of the bear and their cause.

Thank pomodorini
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