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Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

One of just four orangutan rehabilitation centres in the world, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre offers the chance to get up close to semi-wild orangutan. Located approximately 24 km from Kuching, Semenggoh was set up in 1975 to care for wild animals that had been previously kept as illegal pets, orphaned or found injured in the rainforest. Over the years a number of orangutan have been successfully rehabilitated and released into the 653 hectare forest reserve. A number of these ‘graduates’ have had young and these orangutan have spent their entire lives roaming wild at Semenggoh. Released orangutan spend most of their time in the forest but some do return to the centre where they are fed twice daily. Today there are over twenty orangutan living at Semenggoh and the forest reserve’s carrying capacity has been reached. Sarawak’s orangutan rehabilitation activities have now been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre but Semenggoh remains the best place in Sarawak to get up-close with orangutan. The best time to visit Semenggoh is at feeding time (9 am and 3 pm).

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