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“A must see even if no turn ups for feeding times!”

Orang Utan Sanctuary
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Sandakan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This established conservation centre is very well organised with two feeding sessions per day to attend and the outside nursery area to observe.
Unfortunately, on the day of our visit, no orang-utans turned up for the feeding times and it would appear that the season has been so good that they do not need to go to the platforms for food.
However, the nursery area was full of activity. we saw 12 animals come and go during two visits there and could have spent all day observing the anctics of the young ones. It was great fun
Everyone should visit this centre and support the rehabilitation programme.

Thank David C
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We visited here twice as took the day to enjoy both them & the sun bears next door. It seems many people rush through both places & sometimes are unsuccessful seeing the animals they came to see & complain after. We were at the morning feeding & saw a mother & baby which put on a great show for us. After the nursery was also very entertaining. Yes, you look through glass but the people are confined & the young ones are outside learning to be a orangutan, great fun. We were there a long time & watched as one youngster did not want to go in so provided more entertainment as the minders tried to coax her in. We were back in the afternoon, no show at the feeding platform but there were more youngsters out that did their thing for an hour or two for us & we stayed till they told us it was closing time at 4 pm. Recommend going & if you truly enjoy animals, take the day to enjoy the orangutans & sun bears with breaks at the resto for water & lunch. We did & thought it was worth the time.

Thank R N
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

What a brilliant way to see these amazing animals. It’s great to see the amazing work they are doing towards rereleasing these mistreated animals back into the wild. Each Orang Utan has their own personality and it was brilliant to just sit and watch them enjoying themselves with boundless freedom.

Thank lewisashleydavies
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

There are around 200 Orang Utans within the sanctuary. The kindergarten visible through one way glass let's you see the youngsters. The feeding platform, feeding at 10.00 and 14.00 was much quieter in the afternoon as the day tourists have left by lunchtime. It's pot luck how many you see as many now don't need the "easy food" and can survive by themselves in the reserve away from prying eyes and tourists. Visited twice and saw 6 including Millie who is pregnant. Great for all ages

Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

These guys are doing incredible work and you really should visit.

The only reason I didn't give 5* is they need to be harder on the idiot tourists and tell them on arrival to have respect for the animals, speak quietly and turn off the beeps and flash on their camera.

Thank Billy W
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