Sepilok Orang Utan
Sanctuary Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
This world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is a fascinating place to
Visit. In this rehabilitation centre, captive orang utans (which means "man of
the forest" in Malay) are retrained for life in the jungle. The centre allows
a close-up view of these arboreal creatures and visitors can observe trainers
teaching orphaned or displaced Orang Utan apes to adapt in their natural
have brown and rust-coloured shaggy fur. They weigh an average of 50 kg (110
lb) and can weigh over 90 kg (200 lb). The orang-utan lives in tropical, swamp
and mountain forests, where it eats mostly fruit, leaves and insects.
The best time to visit is at 10.00 am and again at 2.30 pm when the primates
emerge from the forest for their daily ration of bananas and milk. Feeding
time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area. Visitors are restricted
to walkways. Some orang Utan have become familiar with people but touching
them is strongly discouraged, and while the apes are naturally shy and gentle,
the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera, bag or hat. However, it
is usually possible to meet and photograph a couple of the mature females, who
are so fond of human company that they refuse to go back to the wild, just
outside the Registration Centre.
orang Utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also
focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other
endangered species such as the rhinoceros.
The Sanctuary also houses a couple of highly endangered Sumatran rhinos, and
occasionally other animals such as elephants. There is an Information Nature
Education Centre, and a mini-theater where a documentary video about the work
of the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is shown. Visitors are advised to arrive
about one hour in advance to register and enjoy activities prior
to the feeding.
from the orang utan, over 200 species of birds and a variety of wild plants
can be found within the 5.666 hectares of forest reserve. There's also a
Mangrove Forest Trail. This trail in the Centre and takes about 2-3 hours
walking one way. Interesting features include a scenic stream, water-holes,
transitional forest, pristine lowland rain forest, boardwalks into the
and wildlife tracks.
As flash photography is not allowed during feeding times, make sure you set
your camera to ASA 400 or higher, as it's quite dim in the jungle.
Location - The distance between town and
the Centre is approximately 23km.
Daily from 9.00am till 12.00pm and 2.00pm till 4.00pm Fridays 9.00am till
11.00am, 2.00pm till 4.00pm
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
The proboscis monkey (scientific name: Nasalis larvatus) is undoubtedly the
most handsome monkey in the world.
Much of its body is richly coated with golden fur, its agile limbs a smooth
smoky grey, and its rump and long tail spectacularly white. The most striking
feature is of course the big, fleshy, pendulous nose of the adult male, which
gives the monkey its weird good looks. The females are much smaller and have
Locally the monkey is affectionately called monyet Belanda in Malay, meaning
Dutch monkey, not because the monkey is Dutch in origin (in fact it is only
found naturally in Borneo and nowhere else), but the locals might have thought
it resembled Dutchmen in some ways!
Originally earmarked for oil palm plantation development, the owner had set
aside this area as a unique sanctuary for the equally unique Proboscis monkey
and other animals and plants that inhabited the locality. Few people in their
quest for commercial gain pay much attention to the plight of monkeys and
other animals on their land, but this plantation owner made a well thought
decision and refrained from bulldozing the mangroves for more plantations.
What started out as a simple project is now a recognised effort and also a
tourist sanctuary where one can spend a night (or better two!) amongst
mangroves and their irreplaceable eco system.
the best chance of seeing the monkey was to travel to the lower Kinabatangan
River, which took at least a day from Sandakan town. Now this privately-owned
sanctuary located within an oil palm estate, makes an easier and more
accessible place for seeing the monkey. This area of about 500 acres of
mangrove forest is especially reserved for the monkey.
A river trip can be arranged to further observe the monkeys or do some bird
watching, as hornbills and kingfishers are found in the area. Take a night
tour for a chance to see wild boars, flying squirrels, fireflies and
crocodiles. The sanctuary also has a lodge with six air-conditioned
twin-sharing rooms and a dormitory for those who wish to stay overnight.
Location - 45 mins drive along Jalan
Feeding times - Mornings : 11.30am till 1.30pm / Afternoons : 4.30pm till