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“Great to see the Orang Utans” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
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Full-Day Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and City Tour in Sandakan
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“Great to see the Orang Utans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

We were very happy to see the Orang Utans. We came for the afternoon feeding and we saw four Orang Utans of which three had babies. Really a great sight.
When you go you have to be aware that there are two feeding times: around 10:30 and 15:00. In between the offices are closed. Half hour before the feeding time there is a nice video about the project and Orang Utans.
We thought that for such a well known centre there would be more, but it is really about the opportunity of seeing the apes two times a day and rehabilitating the Urang Utans.

Visited December 2011
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“A must in Sandakan even for the 20th time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

The only santuary dedicated in helping and conserving the habitat and nuture the orangutans. Every money spent here is used to help the ever so dwendling numbers of this species. I come here not to see the orangutans alone, but to help out in educating my kids and even myself as how far our fees paid is helping out the staff and the animals around. Its a must place to visit. For amature photographers, use a 70-300mm for starters, cause they are quiet a distance away when feeding. Especially with the people around.

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“Nice to see the orangutan - but its a short experience. OK for price.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was fine. Based on the previous reviews and one of the hotel guests comments, I had lowered expectations of the Orang Utan Centre. They had a Malaysian Rate for the Orang Utan Centre - its RM 5 instead of RM 50 for non-Malaysians. For RM 5 and RM 10 (for cameras) it was fine - basically its 20-30 minutes of orang utan feeding at 10am and 3pm. When I was there I saw 2 orang utans clutching their babies having bananas an rambutans. The orangutans were definitely worth the fees - I would feel differently if I were paying RM 50 though.

The Orang Utan Centre also had some facilities such as - free lockers that can fit backpacks, a very clean air-conditioned toilet, an AV room and a basic display room for orangutan information. It also had a restaurant but it was a little overpriced - RM 6 (egg sandwhich ) RM 3.50 (iced coffee), RM 1-2 (hot coffee), RM 2 (mineral water).

A few things though - you can't bring in water, bags into the rehabilitation centre as the orangutan may grab them. Since its the rainy season (Dec-Jan), they also sell ponchos for RM 5.

In summary - I'm happy to have gone to Sepilok to see the orangutans at least once in my life as a Malaysian. For RM 5 admission + RM 10 camera - it was worth it. For anything more, Im not sure I would feel the same. It is more advisable to come over when its not the rainy season in Sandakan - as it was raining almost the whole day - all the guests ran for cover as the downpour came over us in the middle of the feeding.

Visited December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

The ticket allows you to visit at the feeding time in the morning and the afternoon.
It was a lot quieter in the afternoon, and we happened to see more Orang Utans in the afternoon.
It is a great setting in the jungle, you had to be silent and can't take any food or drink with you - these can be left in a locker.
We saw 3 Orang Utans in the morning - including a mother and baby, and saw 5 or 6 in the afternoon. The mother and baby were incredibly close in a tree which allowed for some amazing photographs.
A lot of smaller monkeys come along - very close on the walk way.
The centre also has a small shop and film to watch.
IT was incredibly warm/humid - wear loose thin clothes.

We also did the night walk - this is just the same walk through the jungle as was done in the day time. It was great, really flexible, we just picked a time and had our own guide armed with a couple of torches. We saw green viper snakes, giant flying squirrels, flying lemur, civic cat, stick insects, frogs, sloe lorris, glow worms.... it was fantastic!

Visited July 2011
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“Such a great place to see Orangutans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

Sepilok is a very clean place and they make every effort to keep it in this way, as well as keeping all the visitors and animals safe. You are not allowed to bring food and drink in to the centre and there are lockers available for keeping such items and bags (if you go on a tour it is easier to leave your belongings on the coach).

When you first arrive there is an introductory video about Orangutans and the work of the centre which is very interesting. However it is after this that you get to see what you came there for.

You walk along a board walk in to the rainforest to a feeding area where there is a lot of place for numerous visitors to all be able to take amazing photos. You get to be very close to them, and we had 3 females make their way along a rope just above the board walk. I felt that you are able to get more than close enough to these amazing animals, and it is great to see them returend to a wild state. 2 of the females we saw had babies which shows the great work which goes on there. It would be great to be able to see the section where they work with the babies but it is understandable that this is not possible... So don't go there expecting to see babies in wheel-barrows like you see on tv.

There are numerous other animals to see along the board walk as well such as Long Tailed Macaques and Giant Squirells.

Positive Points -

Great chance to see these beautiful animals

Negative Points -

None I can think of

Visited December 2011
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