Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre


Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was conceived in 1961 and by 1964 had become reality, funded by the Sabah Government. The reserve is named after the two rivers flowing into the Sandakan Bay. The aim of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is to return orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans back to the wild. Many orphans have successfully undergone the process of rehabilitation and have been released into the 4294 hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest, a virgin jungle reserve rich in tropical rainforest and mangrove swamp. The rehabilitation process starts as soon as the orangutan is admitted to the centre with a thorough health examination, followed by a quarantine period to eliminate diseases being transmitted. Young orangutans spend their time in the ‘Nursery’ learning skills essential to jungle life, for example finding food, building nest and climbing. Once ready, they will move to the ‘Outdoor Nursery’ where freedom is increased and dependence on food and emotional support is decreased. Last but not the least, most animals achieve total independence and become integrated into the Sepilok wild orangutan population. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre opens daily from 9 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 4 pm, 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 4 pm on Fridays.


The journey from Sandakan Town to Sepilok takes only 45 minutes by bus and the price is only RM 4 per person. The time for bus is:

From Town to Sepilok From Sepilok to town
9.00 am 10.30 am
10.30 am 11.30 am
11.30 am 12.30 am
1.00 pm 2.00 pm
2.00 pm 4.00 pm

The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes 5 hours by bus, stopping at junction ‘Jalan Sepilok’, a 2.5 km walk from the centre. The frequent flights go from Kota Kinabalu, taking 45 minutes and the centre is a taxi ride away.

Entrance Fee

Malaysians citizens aged 18 years and above 5 per person
Malaysians citizens aged below 18 years 2 per person
Non-Malaysian citizens aged 18 years and above 30 per person
Non-Malaysian citizens aged below 18 years 15 per person
ENTrance fee RM
Use of camera, video camera or other video recording equipment for personal use 10 per unit
Use of camera, video camera or other video recording equipment for commercial and professional purposes 1000 per unit
Use of film-making equipment 10,000 for a period not exceeding seven consecutive days of part thereof

Facilities Available

Resorts tel & FAX
Sepilok Jungle Resort Tel: 089-533031
Fax: 089-533029
Sepilok Forest Edge Resort Tel: 089-533190
Labuk B&B Tel: 089-533190
Fax: 089-533245
Sepilok Rest House Tel: 089-534900
Fax: 089-534800
Sepilok Nature Resort Tel: 089-535001
Fax: 089-535002
Sepilok B&B Tel: 089-534050

Recreation Activities

Besides feeding of the orangutans which takes place twice a day, there are various nature trails and walks within the reserve; from tropical highland rainforest, to lowland mangrove swamps where wildlife can be seen including orangutans and nocturnal animals on the night walk. The walks vary from 250 m to 5 km.