Here are some videos of our time at Sepilok.
The Proboscis Monkeys at their Sanctuary near Sepilok.
In 1994, while embarking on Oil Palm Plantation development near the mangrove swamps of the present sanctuary, the owner of the site came to know of the proboscis monkeys living there. He actually found out because his workers were coming home to their base each evening and their food was disappearing. After a few days of this occurring they kept watch to see who was stealing their food and to their amazement it was families of Proboscis Monkey's. Fascinated, he learned more about the monkeys and their predicament. Few people in their quest for commercial gain would have paid much attention to the plight of these monkeys in their struggle for survival. However, for this owner, although the 400 plus acres of mangrove forest were initially bought for commercial development, the plan was quickly dropped so that these monkeys could continue to survive there without fear of losing their natural habitat. As the sources of the food for these monkeys had much dwindled, efforts were made to supplement the monkeys’ diet with fruits and water daily to ensure the conservation of these animals.
The Orangutans at the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orangutans. The site is 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. Today around 25 young orphaned orangutans are housed in the nurseries, in addition to those free in the reserve.
The Sun Bears at the Sun Bear Conservation Centre,
The little-known sun bear is the smallest bear species and the best tree climber. Their fondness for honey means they are sometimes named ‘honey bear’. Once found throughout Asia, from India to Vietnam and China to Borneo, their numbers have decreased dramatically.
The mission of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is to rescue them from pet owners and deforestation and promote their conservation to return sun bears to the forest. There are currently 36 rescued bears living at the BSBCC.