Fodor's Expert Review Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sandakan Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This 10,600-acre rain forest reserve is the world's most popular place to see orangutan in their natural habitat. Asia's only great ape, the orangutan is the human's third-closest relative (behind chimpanzee and gorilla), sharing 97% of our DNA. A full-grown male may stand five feet tall (a female, about half that) and have an arm span of eight feet. Once found throughout Southeast Asia, orangutan have become critically endangered as their habitat has been destroyed by deforestation. Sepilok prepares illegally captured animals for reintroduction into the wild. Twice-daily feedings, at 10 and 3, give orangutan-in-training a chance to chow down and show off. Guided hikes through the forest are available. There's also an excellent exhibit on orangutan and other endangered species, plus a worthwhile video.

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Silversea Cruise

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Sandakan, Sabah  90000, Malaysia

089-531180

www.sabahtourism.com/destination/sepilok-orang-utan-sanctuary

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Rate Includes: 30 MYR, Daily 9–5

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