Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre
Where is it located?
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located 14 miles away from the downtown of Sandakan, Sabah. It has a 43 sq km of protected forest and land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest reserve. Home to the icon of Borneo – the orang Utan – the numbers are estimated to be around 60 to 80 of them staying in that particular vicinity of jungle.
When was it established?
When Malaysia was formed in 1963 with the inclusion of Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya (Singapore was a part of Malaysia but was separated later on due to political reason), a rehabilitation centre was established in the forest department for the conservation of wild animals in the region.
What is its purpose?
The rehab centre used to house baby elephant, infant orang utan, gibbons, sun bear, rhinos and are home to thousands of birds. The rehabilitation centre is open to public for visitation. The feeding hours of the orang utan is at 10am in the morning. The orang utan is served with bananas and milk.
The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is vital as an education institution to educate the visitors on the importance of preservation of endangered animal. Orang utan has been one of the top in the list of endangered animal. Recently in year 2015, the forest burning in Kalimantan had threatened the live of one third of the world remaining living orang utan.
The orang utan baby is being nursed in the rehabilitation centre before it is being released in the wild to linger together with the rest of its inmate. Some of the wild orang utan will be released to the wild with their mother and they will stay up to 6 years before they go on their own.
Opening hours : 9:00am - 3.30pm
We recommend arriving at the centre around 8:45am or 1:45pm for the morning and afternoon feedings.
Open daily, including holidays.
Sepilok Visit will be conducted on the first day of arrival after pick up from Sandakan Airport
Extra charges of RM100+6%GST per person per visit for transfer fees excluding entrance ticket