Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Meet humankind's red-headed cousins

Photo of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, , Sandakan

What we say: 4 stars

The orangutans here are all rescue animals (orphaned or injured) and have been reintroduced into the safety of the Sepilok Forest Reserve. They're wild apes and free to roam, but generally make an appearance at the 09:00 and 15:00 feeding times.

The feedings are intended to supplement their natural diets, but it's also an opportunity for tourists to get a good, long look at the orangutans as they descend from the treetops to collect fruit and milk from the caretakers. The feeding times are also when the tour buses show up in full force and Sepilok can feel more like a zoo than a wildlife reserve.

Look for a sun bear conservation centre to be added in 2013. The centre has a gift shop, cafe and a mini-theatre showing a documentary about Sepilok. A taxi here costs 40 ringgit each way or take bus #14 (5 ringgit per person).

Admission is 30/15 ringgit adults/children, or 10 ringgit for Malaysian citizens. There is an additional camera fee of 10 ringgit.

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Sepilok (23km from Sandakan)
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00
Last updated: 17th February, 2013

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