Tag Archives: Orang utan


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) I thought I would write a short post on Ceria, an abandoned and orphaned Orang Utan we adopted a few years ago.

Ceria was brought into Sepilok in 2007 aged 11 months, dehydrated and malnourished, weighing only 2kg. Shortly after arriving at SORC, Ceria was rushed into intensive care, and after a good two years of constant care, he started to show good signs of recovering. From 2009 onwards, Ceria started to develop the skills needed to be released back into the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, which surrounds the rehabilitation centre. After a further two years of hard work and patience, Ceria was finally released back into the wild into the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve, by this time Ceria was weighing a healthy 20kg.


During our last visit to SORC in 2012 we where lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Ceria, and it is fair to say he is looking healthy. I believe from time to time he still comes into the semi-wild area of SORC, but now he also has the choice to roam the wilds of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve as he was first meant to.

Our small annual donation of approximately 300 Danish krone (£30, €40, US$45) was a small investment compared to the wonderful and loyal local staff as well as the volunteers. Hopefully SORC can continue to thrive and protect the Orang Utan for future generations to see.



Borneo – Rainforest Discovery Centre

I plan to post a number of articles on “hotspots” where I have been on my travels, the first one is of a great place in Northern Borneo, Malaysia which is world class when it comes to birding, and is within walking distance of the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. I have set up a new page on the blog to link all of the hotspots in one centre location. Enjoy, there will be more to come!

I am lucky to have been here a few times, and trust me I see something new on every visit, and still I have “dipped” on a few sort after species. A good reason to return I suppose.

The Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) has evolved out of a local environmental education centre in 1996 into one of Sabah’s most popular sites for visitors and locals alike, especially though for visiting birders.

It is a within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home of the orang utans at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC) as well as in the wild, and only a couple of hours from Gomontong Caves and the Kinabatangan River, both famed for is ecology.

Rainforest Discovery Centre - Borneo

Rainforest Discover Centre – Sandakan, Borneo

The best part of RDC though is the 800-metre Rainforest Discovery Train and the trails on the canopy walkways, three at the last count. The 147m long, 28m high canopy walkway and the three canopy towers let you see the rainforest the way an orang utan sees it. For birders there are more than 300 species of birds here, including the rare Bornean bristleheads, Black and crimson pitta, Blue-headed pitta, Giant pitta, Black hornbill, Rhinoceros hornbill, Ruddy kingfisher and much, much more.


Green-crested Lizard – Rainforest Discover Centre – Sandakan, Borneo

Although the main purpose of the RDC still remains as an environmental education centre for students and teachers, it has been open to the public for a number of years now. since August 2007. If visiting SOURC then it is a must to also visit the RDC.

If you are planning a trip to Borneo and want to visit this or other area’s of natural beauty then contact a local friend of mine, one of Borneo’s top birders, CK Leong at borneobirds.com A great guy and an amazing birder.


Orang Utan – Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre – Sandakan, Borneo

Note, all proceeds from ticket sales (small charge) are used to sustain the centre.