Founded in 1964 with the initial objective of rehabilitating Northeast Bornean orangutans, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, a 43-square kilometer area of protected land, is one of the few remaining places on earth where you can see the Northeast Bornean orangutan in the wild.
As one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, sharing a total of 97 percent DNA, orangutans have always had a special way of captivating the human imagination. From their ability to use tools to solve complex tasks, to their quiet, gentle and inquisitive nature—there is undoubtedly something profoundly special about experiencing these animals in the wild.
Unfortunately, as the population of Bornean orangutans have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, the opportunity to experience these mystical animals in the wild is becoming increasingly rare.
Fortunately, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre exists to help make sure Bornean orangutans remain for generations to come, and now provides care and rehabilitation to around 25 young orphaned orangutans. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre also sits on the borders of the nearby Kabili Sepilok Forest reserve, which is home to about 60-80 wild Orangutans, and provides the perfect means to reintroduce the orphaned orangutans into the wild.
If you are interested in seeing the majestic Northeast Bornean orangutan in the wild, check out the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre website for more information on how you can experience these amazing creatures in the wild and help to keep the population viable for future generations.