This centre was established in 1964 to help rehabilitate orangutans which had been orphaned. Just like a human baby, the orphaned young orangutan (which would normally live with its mother for 5-6 years) needs to be taught how to cope in the wild, while its health is carefully monitored during rehabilitation.
The mixed dipterocarp forest offers a natural home to the orangutans, which slowly become less dependent on their twice-daily feeding of milk and bananas at the centre and eventually return voluntarily to the wild.
Visitors to Sepilok are able to witness the feeding sessions at 10am and 3 pm from a platform and viewing gallery reached via a boardwalk through the lush forest, and later learn even more in the information centre.
Because many human diseases affect Orangutans, visitors are requested not to touch them – even though an appealing young animal wandering up to you on the boardwalk is hard to resist.