Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Revisited

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Sandakan

Since my first visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in 2009, I have come back here at least 4 times in the last 5 years and my last trip being in October 2014 when I was touring Borneo for the Borneo Bird Race. Having some free time I managed to pay a visit back here for old times sake and to my surprise, there have been some minor changes since 2013. 

In general, since the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre opened in early 2014, plus having visiting this place while I was here, I though I might as well pay a visit to the orangutan sanctuary and was actually happy to see that improvements have been done externally. Even then, there was still some work going on as I saw foundations being build, so I am assuming there will be a new building erected here. 

Sepilok archway Sandakan
The main Sepilok archway as you enter the rehabilitation centre
Sepilok Orang utan Rehabilitation Centre
A new structure outside the centre
Sepilok Orangutan Names
The Orangutans at Sepilok
Orangutan Appeal Sepilok
The Orangutan Appeal counter which you will not miss 
Kafeteria Sepilok
Sepilok cafeteria, great place for some coffee and tea
Speaking to some of the staff of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, they informed me that the external modifications are to suit the growing number of tourist coming here as lately, there has been an increase of tourism to Sandakan. However, internally, the place is still the same with the general raised wooden walkways to the feeding areas here. 

The feeding platforms is still the same and this is the best place to observe these Orangutans that are undergoing rehabilitation. I remember a few years ago, one of the Orangutans that was released, kept coming back to the centre, all because the food was there and he got accustomed to this way in life. Not accepted back, he roamed around the centre outskirts, often seen walking around the cafeteria and toilet areas. Asking the staff about this Orangutan, he had left the place in search of a new home. 


I also found out that there was a group of international travel bloggers from the iAmbassador group heading here somewhere on the 13th or 14th November, 2014 where they will explore Sabah's many places of interest, one of them is here at Sepilok and also the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. I would like to see how this place moves them and how they pen their story here. It would be a dead giveaway if some of them narrowed down on the Orangutan Appeal program on adopting an orangutan, but I'm curious on this with their overall campaign of #LoveSabah for this trip. 

So, till my next visit, which I do not know when, I am hoping to do a product update somewhere next year as it is the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 or MyFest 2015 where the entire country is on a tourism campaign to promote Malaysia to the world. Check out my earlier posting and also photos of these amazing primates from my inaugural trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

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