About Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center
Established in 1964, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded to rehabilitate orphan orangutans as a result of illegal logging and deforestation and those who have been illegally caught and kept as pets. The facility provides medical care for orphaned and confiscated orangutans.
The rehabilitation process starts as soon as the orangutan is admitted to the centre with a thorough health examination, followed by a quarantine period to eliminate diseases being transmitted. Young orangutans spend their time in the ‘Nursery’ learning skills essential to jungle life, for example finding food, building nest and climbing. Once ready, they will move to the ‘Outdoor Nursery’ where freedom is increased and dependence on food and emotional support is decreased.
The centre attracts tourists and researches alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orangutan up close in their natural habitat. A boardwalk which leads to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.
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