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Sepilok Orangutan

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Sepilok Orangutan
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See Sepilok Orangutans up-close in their natural habitat

Sepilok Sandakan Sabah, Malaysia

Malaysian Sabah’s Sepilok Rehabilitation Center is the home of Borneo’s Orangutan, an ape species known for being shy and gentle.


The rehabilitation center was founded in 1964 to … orphaned babies. It is set in the lush 4,300 hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. The location is perfect to watch orangutans as well as other wild animals such as hornbills, snakes, lizards, toroises, spiders and bugs up-close in their natural habitat without harming them.


How to get there

Fly from KLIA (KUL) or Kota Kinabalu (BKI) to Sandakan airport (SDK). At Sandakan airport, there are two main options to get to Sepilok. The easiest one is by taxi. Otherwise, there are a number of public buses that go into the orangutan sanctuary. The journey will take about thirty minutes.