On the first day of my trip to Kuching, we went to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to see orang utans. Semenggoh is about 40km south of Kuching and can be reached using the Green public bus owned by Sarawak Transport Company. We knew this from the free tourist guide we got from Matta Fair hehe.
That’s me waiting at the bus stop for that green bus to arrive. I looked jaded due to the midnight flight and only a few hours of sleep. Notice the different colors of signs? Each represents a bus company and their buses’ numbers that will go pass this stop. We were waiting for bus 4A which never came! I was damn sure we weren’t late because we were waiting since 7.45am and the bus was supposed to reach at 8am.. Luckily there are be a lot of taxis in Kuching so my advice is take it if you could. Kuching taxis are not the usual Proton Iswara we have back here in Peninsular, theirs is a van lol. The fare is at most RM1-2 more expensive compared to taking a bus and it’s definitely worth it. It’s faster, more comfortable and they send you to the destination’s doorstep. I didn’t take a single bus in Kuching.
Thanks to the late bus, we nearly missed the orang utan feeding session. It starts at 9am and we managed to reach Semenggoh Wildlife Centre 10 minutes earlier. After paying for the cheap entrance fee we ran towards the feeding area which is like 1-2km from the entrance. While running I was thinking to myself “These orang utans better be worth all the running, I came all the way from Penang to see them!” LOL! And what’s worse, there were so many tourist vans going for the same place and they didn’t even offer to give us a lift! They just zoom pass us like we were invisible! OK enough of my rantings..
The entrance to the orang utan feeding area is on the right while the forest reserve is on the left. I was tired and sweating like hell from all the running so I didn’t check out the forest reserve. More hiking? Thanks but no thanks!
It’s pretty much a common sense not to feed the animals, still a kind reminder for those who don’t know.
Ahhhh, a orang utan finally! We were so excited to see her, but it is pretty obvious she looked bored.. what la.. I flew all the way from Penang and you show me boring face, sienz :( Maybe just woke up? Perhaps some breakfast will wake you up!
There, have a banana. Can you spot the banana? The ranger is throwing one at Seduku (the orang utan’s name) The ranger is a very friendly person and he told us a lot about this wildlife centre. Semenggoh Wildlife Centre was Sarawak’s first forest reserve in 1920 and now serves as a rehabilitation centre mainly for orang utans and other animals. Abandoned or injured Orang utans are rescued from the wild, rehabilitated then released back to the forest when they are deemed fit to survive on their own.
Seduku is the oldest around and also the mother to many other younger orang utans. She looks calm on the tree but when she gets to the ground you better keep your distance. Because they might be interested in your stuff and they want it too lol. According to the ranger another orang utan, Delima snatched a tourist’s backpack few days before our visit, it was even reported in CNN news. She looked really happy now with a banana, don’t you think? Seems like smiling leh..
Then there were two cute baby orang utans playing. They sure don’t become as active when they grow older.
This is a list of the orang utan in Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Their house name, date of birth, age and mother are displayed. Wow, Seduku is 36 years old, that’s 12 years older than me!
Besides orang utan there are a couple of crocodiles being kept in a cage.. Nothing else really interesting except the souvenir shop. You could donate some money to support the centre and sign the guestbook after that. I flipped through the guestbook and found most of the visitors are foreigners. All of the comments were good and many enjoyed the experience.
In my opinion there are two ways to see Sarawak, either the nature way or the sightseeing way. Nature way would be visiting the national parks like Bako, Gunung Mulu, Kubah.. etc. There are like 26-27 forest reserves in Sarawak and it usually takes at least one to two full days to explore each. So it’s imposible to visit all in a few days.. But if you are going for sightseeing purpose, this is one of my recommended places to visit. Anyway if you are visiting Sarawak without seeing any orang utan you might as well not go at all lol. A trip to Sarawak would not be complete without orang utan.
I had been to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre in Sarawak once. Actually one don’t really have to go all the way to Sarawak to see the Orang Utan, cos Orang Utan is also available in Taiping Zoo :)
That’s true, but in Taiping Zoo those orang utans are brought from other zoos.. so still seeing the ones from the wild is nicer :)
i want to go to sarawak!!!!!!!!!!!!!
there’s the Sepilok Orang Utan sanctuary in Sandakan Sabah too you know… the orang utans there are kept in the wild also. Pretty cool animal.
Orang Utans woooohooooo! =D
What is the average lifespan of orang utans yea? o_O
Yeah, when go to Sarawak, must go see the orang utans.
Hi Vkeong, got your Shanghai Ding comment…sorry for the embarrassment. I think maybe the promotion was over…sorry lah. ;)
Did you go there alone? Maybe the special one-time discount is for bigger table? OKOK, I better stop now before I give wrong information again…hahahaha.
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glad u’ve been to SWC.. i’m one pretty ladu tat work here, but not at time of ur visit..y’know, orangutan rocks!!
Wonderful photos, and nice work! Looking forward to seeing more !
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for ur information, u r waiting at the wrong station bus. the bus stop actually near the masjid india. for that reason, dont blame on the bus since u dont actually know what r u doing. there is taxi in sarawak like peninsular does. the van that u used is called a van, not taxi.. van is van, taxi is taxi….
Orangutans @ Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Kuching…
Exciting visit to the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, just south of Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo to see some semi-wild orangutans…….
s there anyone have the address of Semenggoh orang utan rehabilitation…i couldnt find any informations about the location of it…i m going to drive there but i dun hv the address…it is hardly found on internet…i have googled it for more than 20 websites but still cant manage to get one…