Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre
Located a short distance from Sandakan, it is the largest Orang-utan
sanctuary in the world. It is also the scene of an exciting conservation
programme. The orang-utans are not kept in captivity, but rather come and
go as they please while becoming used to living in the wild again after
being held in captivity by various people.
Mother and Baby Orang-utan
Feeding time at Sepilok
The Orang-utan is man's closest relative, and has been shown
to be highly intelligent. The Orang-utans come into the sanctuary to be
fed twice a day. Although visitors to the reserve may be disappointed that
the Orang-utans are free to come and go as they please, the park wardens
are thrilled when an Orang-utan does not come back for food as it generally
means that the animal has started to fend for itself. The tourists are,
however, certain to be able to see Orang-utans in close proximity, and
will be provided with many opportunities to take some good photographs.
(be sure to bring along at least 200 ASA film as it can be a little dim
at times due to the surrounding jungle)
Many people would like to go to Borneo to spend time with the orang-utans. We would suggest that you read everything in
this Lonely Planet bulletin Board
post before making such a decision.
Additional photographs on this page are courtesy of Katie Seeger and Sabah Tourism Board