Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan in the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.
The centre opened in 1964 as the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting and kept as pet. 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 5529 ha, much of which is virginrainforest. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It has become one of Sabah's top tourist attractions.


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