Friday, May 15, 2015

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

We wave goodbye to Turtle Island and head off.

The seas are choppy this morning, making for a bumpy ride back.

Then, it’s on the bus to Sepilok, about an hour away.

Arriving at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, visitors are asked to use the free lockers provided to store away bags.

You can purchase a pass to use your camera for RM10 and this is basically the only thing you can bring in with you to the sanctuary.

The orangutan have been known to snatch bags and loose items so it’s a necessary precautionary measure.

The walking path leads down to the feeding platform, passing informative sign boards along the way.

There are two feedings a day (10am and 3pm) and the RM30 ticket is valid for the whole day so you can attend both feedings.

As it nears 10am, the orangutans start to converge on the platform, as do baboons and other monkeys.

The staff member arrives and climbs up the platform with a basket of bananas.

All the animals enjoy their feast. The orangutan are fed a diet of bananas from the feeding platform.

The hope is that this monotony in food from the platform will teach the orangutans to forage for a more varied diet out in the nature reserve.

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