Intro  |  History  |  Rehabilitation Process | Galery




The rehabilitation process starts right af­ter an orangutan has been admitted to the centre. The majority of animals arriving at Sepilok have been taken from people keeping them (illegally) in captivity, often after having taken them away from their mothers, while still babies, to become household pets. Others include adults that have sustained injury or sickness and require medical treatment before being returned to the wild.


All animals are given a thorough general health examination shortly after arrival. This is followed by a quarantine period of 3-6 months to eliminate the possibility of them passing diseases to other orang­utans. Through all phases of the rehabili­tation process, the clinic offers assist­ance with any health problems that animals may encounter. The medical check-up comprises of tests for TB and Malaria, urine analysis, bacteriology and chestX-ray. After quarantine, the orang­utan will be assessed as to whether it should undergo the whole programme or deliberately start from the second or third stage.



During the first year of their fives, young orangutan learn all the skills necessary for survival from their mothers. Captive orangutans, deprived of their mothers, are unable to find food, build nests, or even climb properly. It is these skills which wildlife rangers encourage the rehabilitants to develop.   The "NURS­ERY" phase is where young orangutans (1 - 3 years) undergo a period of "pre­school '' training to give them skills essen­tial to life in the jungle, such as the ability to climb trees and explore the use of their limbs.


 Platform A (Outward Bound School)

For those which are ready for it, there is then a period of 'Outward Bound School' where their dependence on the food and emotional support given by the reha­bilitation centre is gradually reduced. Here, orangutans are given increasing freedom and at the same time encour­aged to learn to fend for themselves. At platform A, their natural forest diet is supplemented with milk, added minerals and vitamins, and fruits twice a day.


 Platform B (Survival Training)

Finally, when an orangutan has totally adjusted itself in the forest and shows signs of independence, it is gradually moved to the last phase of survival train­ing. Here, even less food is offered, fur­ther away from the Centre, at platform B. Here most animals eventually achieve total independence and become inter-grated into Sepilok's wild orangutan population. Since the Centre was estab­lished. more than 100 orangutans have been successfully released.



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