SEPILOK REHABILITATION CENTER
Located in East Malaysia within the Kabili-Sepilok Reserve, the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre rehabilitates orangutans who were rescued from plantations, logging sites, illegal hunting and confinement as pets. The centre, set amongst lush rainforests, is a main tourist spot and allows visitors and researchers to observe orangutans in their natural habitat. During feeding time of milk and bananas, visitors may also catch a glimpse of long-tailed macaques who seem to be drawn to the feeding platform as well.
While orangutan rehabilitation is still the main focus of Sepilok, the centre also educates the public on conservation, research and assistance with other endangered species such as the rhinoceros. During tours to the centre, visitors are asked to stay on the walkways and not to touch the orangutans…as mischievous orangutans may try to grab your camera or hat.
KINABATANGAN RIVER, SANDAKAN
Located in eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, is the Kinabatangan River, the second largest river in Malaysia. The area is known for its abundance of wildlife and rich habitats such as limestone caves, dipterocarp forests, u-shaped lakes, and salty and freshwater swamps making this one of the world’s richest ecosystems. It is also one of two known places in the world where 10 species of primates can be found.
Asian elephants and rhinoceroses can sometimes be spotted at dawn during a day tour, or optical tours can be arranged during the evening where crocodiles and a variety of birdlife can be seen.