Located in the heart of Sepilok lies the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. This centre aims to increase awareness of this endearing, but little-known bear species – named after the crescent shaped patch of fur on their chests that resembles the rising sun. A series of elevated walkways allow you to stroll around the park, peering down at the sun bears living happily in their natural habitat who have been rescued from illegal hunting, poaching and loss of natural habitat. Lucky visitors may also encounter wild Orangutan swinging through the trees to play with the bears – an incredible wildlife experience.
Located next door lies the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The rehabilitation centre was founded 1964 with the aim of returning orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans into the wild. The current residents of the centre roam freely in the forest where they can fend for themselves and eventually primates are released back into the wild. At the hours of 10am and 2:30pm the orangutan emerge from the forest for their ration of bananas and fruits, giving visitors an up-close view and a chance to snap some fantastic photos. Walk along the boardwalks to the nursery to see the youngest primates learning to swing the ropes – if you’re lucky you may even spot the dominant male.