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Sepilok Forest Reserve and Orangutan Sanctuary

Sepilok Forest Reserve and Orangutan Sanctuary © Uwe Aranas
Sepilok Forest Reserve and Orangutan Sanctuary © Uwe Aranas

Sabah District's vast, enchanting equatorial rainforest is home to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, where orphaned orangutans find temporary shelter and rehabilitation before their re-release into the forest. The centre was set up in 1964 and gives tourists and researchers the priceless opportunity to observe and engage with the animals in their natural habitat. Visitors are restricted to the walkways but orangutans often come over to interact. Photography is permitted, though tourists will pay an extra charge for bringing in a camera. The Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) is also within the Sepilok Forest Reserve. The remarkable place allows guests to explore the jungle canopy on a series of raised platforms and walkways. Nature lovers in general, and bird watchers in particular will enjoy the experience.

Address: Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200, Sandakan, Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah

Website: www.sabahtourism.com