Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometres west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre main gateway.

The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets.[1] The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha (10,610 acres), much of which is virgin rainforest.[2] Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.[3]

The activities of the centre have featured in television series including "Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans"[4] and Animal Planet's "Meet the Orangutans".[5]

In October 2014 the centre opened a section where visitors can view the nursery area where the younger Orangutans first learn to be outside and play on a large climbing frame. This consists of 2 large indoor seating areas (one with air conditioning and one with fans only) with a large window that overlooks the play area.

Visitors in the centre.

See also

  • Among The Great Apes With Michelle Yeoh (Documentary about the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary)


  1. Thompson, Shawn (2010). The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species. Citadel Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8065-3133-5.
  2. "Conservation Areas Information & Monitoring System - Kabili-Sepilok FR". Sabah Forestry Department. Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  3. "Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre - Orangutan Appeal UK". Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  4. Hiley, Robert (7 April 2016). "Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans: It was love at first sight with Archie the orangutan | News | TV News | What's on TV". What' s on TV. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  5. "About The Show - Meet the Orangutans". Animal Planet. Retrieved 19 December 2019.

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