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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