Monday, March 21, 2005

SANDAKAN TRIP (DAY 1)



During the semester break, I had sometime eploring the Borneo, which is taking up about 7-8 hours bus ride to the town called Sandakan. It is indeed a long trip with uphill winded road which is simply killing me. If I am going again, i will definate to say a NO with the long bus trip.
so, we reach there is kinda afternoon and we are being served with the Sabah famous food in town by Pauline, our senior in UMS.



DAY 1
The first day trip, we are brought to few places like the Sepilok Orang Utan. The place is big and you can see monkeys and orang utan running around the place. When we went there, it is kinda late and the feeding time had passed. So, we miss a lot of things in there. The place indeed cozy as well as you can understand on our mother nature and the orang utan



ABOUT THE SEPILOK ORANG UTAN

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orang utan up close in their natural habitat. A boardwalk leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 10.00am and 3.00pm by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.
While orang utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.
Visitors are restricted to walkways. Some orang utan have become familiar with people but touching them is strongly discouraged, and while the apes are naturally shy and gentle, the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera or hat, in which case you should call for a ranger as trying to wrestle the 200 pound apes may not be a good idea.
For the more adventurous, there is trekking through mangrove forest. As this is under the Forestry Department, you will have to get a permit from them before trekking the 5km trail which runs through Sepilok Laut. You can also arrange for a boat return or accommodation in chalets in the forest.”

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