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Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater Cave is one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Orangutan Sanctuaries & Rehabilitation Centers in Malaysia

The wonderful orangutan is only found in parts of Borneo and parts of Sumatra. On both islands their habitats are severely threatened by the increase of human activities like (illegal) logging, mining, forest fires and the ongoing construction of palm oil plantations. Currently the orangutans at Sumatra are critically endangered; which means there only are a few thousand of them left. The Bornean species is doing a little better, though numbers are said to be below 50.000 in total.

The largest part of all remaining orangutans live in Indonesia. There Dr. Willie Smits founded the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation that has many active rehabilitation programs (and centers) throughout Indonesia. Many tourists that visit Malaysia want to pay a visit to one of the Orangutan Sanctuaries. A few are very much worth visiting in Malaysia; those have special programs to create awareness among visitors, instead of only using the animals as a tourist attraction. The most popular sanctuaries are Sepilok Rehabilitation Center in Sabah, and Semenggoh Wildlife Center in Sarawak. Nearby Sememggoh, Matang Wildlife Center used to have an active project as Semenggoh couldn't cope with all the orangutans that needed rehabilitation. However, this program stopped due to some unfortunate events.

Sanctuaries & Rehabilitation Centers

 

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