Orangutan Extinction – Sandakan

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia This was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphaned orangutans. We are told that Orangutans have a 96% match genetically to humans. Seeing them in action, it is easy to believe they are a match to humans.

Borneo’s forests have been degraded by logging and cleared for palm oil plantations, the orangutan has lost huge expanses of its habitat. In 1973, the Borneo was home to an estimated 288,500 orangutans. By 2012, their numbers had dropped by almost two-thirds, to 104,700, and the decline has continued.

The Orangutans are fascinating to see with their human expressions, and crazy red hair. They are skillful acrobats, maneuvering around trees and vines effortlessly. We watch until they climb higher and higher and eventually they are swallowed in the Jungle. Then this male Orangutan swings above us and showers us with his pee. But he makes me smile ..

At the end we are rewarded when this young male Orangutan , who is more brazen than his sister and comes near us. He drinks a bottle of milk with a vitamin mix. You can see his little sister on the left, watching him.

Rangers place food on a platform a short way from us. Within minutes it attracts two young Orangutans. They swing above our heads like trapeze artists. All of us are watching with our faces turned upwards.


  1. It’s not easy to find certain products without palm oil, but I try. Thank you for sharing about this much needed rehabilitation. I appreciate the work they do to help these innocent victims.

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  2. How lovely! It’s a shame that deforestation is a huge problem, especially from what I’ve heard in SE Asia– the orangutans look lovely and lively, and it’s true we need to preserve their numbers given just how closely related we are to them! Malaysia is a part of the world I’m dying to visit, so I hope to go there soon!

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  3. It’s sad that we are such a great threat to so many species but it is great that there are people who are trying to protect them. This sanctuary sound like a great place. Your photos and your post are great.

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