|Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center|
The Sepilok Rehabilitation Center is located 25km west of the old city of Sandakan. It sits right in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve much of it is still virgin forest with a total area of 4300 hectares (10,600 acres). The trees here are huge. I am sure greedy loggers are putting their eyes on these trees and they are hoping one day they could get their hands on these areas. What about the animals? "Who cares!!!" That will be their attitude. With 10,600 acres; this is among the few areas left in Borneo with beautiful giant trees and the wild animals dwelling here.
|Walkways to Orangutan feeding platform and nursery|
|The Orangutan nursery center built in 2014|
Back to the story of the Orangutan. Orangutan is a Malay word meaning Jungle People. There are only two places in the world that still have wild Orangutans; Sumatra and here in Borneo. In Borneo, it is considered a sub-species called Pongo pygmaeus and bear in mind that many of the wild animals in Borneo are always referred as pygmy; pygmy elephants, pygmy pythons, pygmy rhino and so on. Sometimes I can't believe it myself in our own backyard we have all these wonderful animals just like Africa; except they are all much smaller. However, I repeat again; many of the animals in Borneo are facing extinction (including the Orangutans) due to habitat destruction, poaching and also smuggling by pet traders. So sad!
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