Semenggok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

(Semonggoh Wildlife Centre)

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Entrance fee for Semenggoh is RM 3 (adult) and RM 1.50 (child).

Opening hours are 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4.15 pm.

Feeding times : 9.00 to 9.30 am, 3 pm to 3.30 pm

Tour operators arrange trips here, or STC bus No. 6 stops outside the gate. RM 2 one-way. It's a 20-minute walk from the main entrance to the feeding area.

Other animals also can be seen here:

1) Sun bears,

2) bearcats,

3) eagles,

4) hornbills

5) gibbons

Visitors to Sarawak should never miss the chance to come to this 653-hectare tropical rainforest centre where semi-wild orang utans often are seen feeding from a platform.

These orang utans have been released to the wild after rehabilitation but some still come back for feeding when fruits in the forest are not sufficient.

Other then orang utans there are other animals kept here for rehabilitation and veterinary care by medical personnel and other research work.

The centre is an ideal place to get to know about orang utans and also botanical knowledge as a garden is maintained to showcase the various plants used by the indigenous people of Sarawak.

This is one of the main attractions as you get to view this semi-wild Orang Utan, who are roaming within the thick jungles of this well-managed wild life rehabilitation centre. Other animals such as wild monkeys, honey bears, porcupines and hornbills are also kept here.

Located about 22 kms from Kuching, the best time to visit the centre is during the feeding times between 8.30-9am and 3-3.30 pm daily. The orang utans are fantastic timekeepers and during each meal time, they will appear from the nearby jungle and descend from the trees to eat, while offering visitors that unique experience and excellent postures for good photo taking. After a full meal, they will play and swing sluggishly along the hanging vines and branches before disappearing into the jungle again.

For over 30 years, this center trained young  rescued orphaned Orang Utans  from captivity on how to survive in the wild. The success of this programme has left the surrounding forest reserve with a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult Orang Utans, who are now breeding in the wild. The programme has been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre, but Semenggoh is still home to its successful graduates, semi-wild Orang Utans and their babies. They spend most of their time roaming the forest but frequently come back to the Centre for a free meal. If it is the fruiting season in the forest, some or even all of them may not come to feed. This in itself is a good sign and another step on the way to full rehabilitation.

In  Semenggok, orang hutan are taught to survive again in the wild.  During fruiting season in the forest,  none of the orang hutan will come to the daily feeding session because they were too busy gobbling up jackfruit from the trees in the forest.  This is a good thing; rehab is supposed to produce independent, self-reliant adult orang hutan, and not seeing any orang hutan at feeding time shows that it may be working. 

INDEX of Kuching City  September 24, 2017 11:42:18 PM

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