After saying goodbye to beautiful Palau Gaya in Kota KinabAlu, we headed to the airport and boarded our flight to Sandakan then Sepilok where we stayed at the Sepilok Nature Resort. This place is very cool, set on a lake with lush rainforest all around.
We are just a five minute walk from the orangutan rehabilitation centre and sun bear conservatory. The orangutan centre rescues orphaned orangutans and teaches them to be self sufficient in the wild again. Orangutans stay with their mothers longer than any other mammal. In the wild, they are nursed for six or seven years and continue to stay with mum till their teens. At the centre, they stay in the nursery till six or seven then they are released into the rainforest where they learn all the skills they need by watching the older apes. They are fed twice a day a monotonous diet which encourages them to forage on their own.
We visited twice a day for two days and were very fortunate to get in three fantastic sightings. These are from our morning visit
Then later we returned. There were several that came out to greet us before we got to the feeding platform
Back to the resort for a drink and dinner and bed. We are up early here sun rises and sets around 6:30. The heat and humidity is pretty intense so we are really beat at the end of the day
Next morning we were not as fortunate and only saw one orangutan. We headed over to the sun bear conservatory. We saw a lot of bears! They are really cute. Very endangered. The Chinese and Vietnamese use their body parts in medicines so unfortunately there is a poaching problem even though it is illegal. They also get used as pets because they are so adorable when young. Of course when they get older they become unmanageable. All of the bears at the conservatory were once pets. The facility Is beautiful with walkways up in the canopy. Sun bears can climb higher than any other bear and you will often see them high up in the canopy.
We got drenched in a rain shower after viewing the bears.
Our afternoon visit with our ginger apes proved much more productive and we saw many including a highlight of a beautiful mama and her baby. A wonderful day!