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For their Gentle and Shy by nature, sightings of Orang Utan in the wild are rare. Instead, by visiting the World's largest Orang Utan Sanctuary at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, seeing Orang Utan is guaranteed.
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is just 40 minutes away from
Sandakan, started in 1964 for rehabilitation of orphaned baby Orang Utans from logging-sites, plantations and illegal hunting, returning them to the wilds as soon as they are ready to be independent from human guardiance. There is more than 4,500 hectares of virgin jungle designated as forest reserve and sanctuary for Orang Utans.
Orang Utans come to the Sanctuary twice a day from the forest for feedings of milk and bananas. Some even refuse to return to the wilds because they have grown so fond of human company.
Orang Utans have long fascinated mankind. Known scienfificially as Pongo Pygmaeus, they have been found to be 96.4% similar to our human genes!