The Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located inside the Sepilok Kabili Forest Reserve. Roughly 23 km from Sandakan, the clearly sign-posted Jalan Sepilok leads directly to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre 2.5 km away, passing the large Forest Research Centre en route. A public bus service takes visitors who are not on a tour or who do not have their own transport right to the entrance; it is also possible to take a taxi directly from Sandakan Airport.
The security gate to the Centre is open daily from 8 am until 4.30 pm, with the cafeteria also open from 8 am. The Reception and Ticketing Counter Center is open from 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3.30 pm daily. The Exhibition Hall opens from 8.30 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm daily. video shows are given from 8.40 am – 9.10 am, 10.40 am – 11.10 am and from 3.30 pm – 4 pm daily.
What is being done already?
Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in North Borneo was set up with the aim of helping orphan orangutans to learn to survive in the wild.
Sepilok have already successfully rehabilitated hundreds of orangutans back into the wild and are eager to continue this very essential work.
Orangutan babies stay with their mothers for up to 9 years, being taught the skills they need to survive in the forest. The most important skill of all being climbing, as they will spend their lives high in the treetops.
Sepilok replaces the mother’s teaching by pairing the youngsters with an older orphan who will sho them the skills they themselves have already learnt. It has proven to be very successful, but is very expensive. Each orphan costs approximately GBP 1,500 per yeat to rehabilitate.
Adopt an Orphan
Sepilok Orangutan Appeal UK, in conjunction with Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, have introduced an Adoption Scheme to help raise much needed funds.
A yearly adoption costs GBP 25. You will receive an adoption certificate and photo, individual history with profile and a 6 month status report with updated photos.