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 10.00am and 3.00pm 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.

The ticket counter opening times are:
Morning – 9.00am to 11.00am
Afternoon – 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Entrance fee is applicable.

Notice / Announcement

*The operational days might be differ during the national Movement Control Order period.*

Further Contact

Batu 14, Jalan Labuk Sandakan , Sabah
WDT200, 9009 Sandakan, Sabah.

Last reviewed: June 3, 2021