The Orang-utan Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Sepilok is home to over 60 rescued primates – and feeding time has become the star attraction with tourists.
The sanctuary, located in Sabah, Borneo, seeks to rehabilitate orphaned or endangered orang-utans and eventually release them back into the wild. This often takes several years and staff work endlessly to provide the comfort and support these primates need.
The newly-released orang-utans live wild in the reserve and are free to come and go as they please, but many return for the regular food supplies provided by the centre.
It’s purposefully designed to be monotonous and boring so as to encourage the apes to start to forage for themselves but many still rely on it.
Milk, bananas and fruit are left on various platforms within the 43km2 reserve, and tourists can watch these feeding frenzies unfold from a viewing platform nearby. Watch the video above to see the baby monkeys swinging in on the left! Super cute.
What are the feeding times?
Entry to the park costs 30MR and includes access to walking trails, canopy walk and two feeding times: 10am and 3pm.
There’s no guarantee you’ll see orang-utans but you’re chances are pretty good. If you don’t see any during the morning session, return for the afternoon spot.
How to get to the Orang-utan Rehab Centre
From Sandakan: There are 5 public buses which come directly to Sepilok (at 9:00am, 10:30am 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm) and five returning back to Sandakan (at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm). The bus journey takes 45 minutes and costs 4RM per person. Many of the hotels nearby can also arrange a shuttle service and it is very easy to take a taxi too.
From Kota Kinabalu: The journey takes 5 hours by bus stopping at junction ‘Jalan Sepilok’, a 2.5 km walk from the centre. However, there are frequent flights from KK to Sandakan which take approx. 45 minutes with return prices starting from as little £20 GBP.
Find out how you can help the orang-utans by visiting the Orang-utan Appeal UK website.