26th June – This morning we departed the Sepilok Nature Resort. We wish we could have stayed longer as it was a great place to stay.
This morning was the day we had been waiting for. We visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Upon arrival we watched a documentary on the orangutan. We then proceeded to the Sepilok Forest Reserve feeding platform to see these lovely creatures. These Orangutans have been rehabilitated and are free to wander the reserve. Some never come back others still visit for some food. At first there was not one Orangutan in sight and we were a bit worried that we were going to be unlucky. However suddenly 2 appeared and we were able to watch them eat and play around for quite a while. I took so many photos, but here are some of them.
This first photo was our first sighting as he came out of a tree and along the rope to the platform.
After that we went and visited the nursery. We were behind glass for this part as they do not want any germs given to the younger Orangutans. They were so cute to watch and we laughed constantly.
After this amazing experience we visited the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
This is the only sun bear conservation centre in the world. They provide care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned and captive sun bears as well as address the lack of knowledge and awareness of this little known bear. They are also known as Honey Bears. They are the smallest bear in the world. They are expert climbers and had really long claws. They are a totally protected species in Sabah and have the same status as the Orangutan. We arrived for feeding time and they gave them corn on the cob. They were really interesting to watch.
We had lunch at a local restaurant and the continued our journey to Sandakan.
We arrived mid-afternoon and decided to do some washing and relax as the rest of the afternoon was ours to do with what we pleased.