Matang Wildlife Centre
Matang Wildlife Centre
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Toni T
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I spent 10 days volunteering here with Project Borneo. Challenging hard work with th3 rewards of seeing orangutans and sun bears on a daily basis
Written February 6, 2024
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TheGrebes
40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Place is a bit rundown, however it's a rehabilitation centre first, not a zoo. We saw orangutangs, honey bears, porcupines, bearcat, moneys, amazing birds and a deer. Didn't see crocodiles (area under maint). About 45 mins by Grab from town (50MYR). We arranged for Grab driver to return for us as transport difficult. Must wear closed in shoes. Good interpretation centre and clean toilets
Written May 27, 2023
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Ash Chai
Sarawak, Malaysia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I like how the scenery and the place were clean and refreshing! I had a good time with my family and I got the chance to see the orangutans. I think I will visit there again in the future!
Written March 12, 2021
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Phil E
Chester, UK19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
If you are thinking of visiting this place then read a little on the PROPER care of the animals housed at Matang before you go. This way you will be able to understand how woefully inadequate many of the enclosures are.

When we visited there were problems with the centres water supply so the crocodiles were in dry enclosures with a bit of damp mud in the bottom of only one pool. No reason not to bring in a few cubic meters of water to refill some of the pools. The guide said there had been some fighting amongst the crocs in one of the enclosures which was probably down to the number of crocs in the main enclosure meaning they had to live in close proximity to each other.

As we moved on we came across a pair of Borneo Gibbons in a cage way too small for them to exercise. The cage was so small that 3 or 4 swings across the cage would be all they could do. There was no visible enrichment in the cage to occupy them and they were both repeating the same action over and over which I beleive is due to living in a stressed environment.

Further on we came across a solitary Silver Leaf Monkey continuously running up and down its small cage banging on a wooden board with each run. Again there was no visible enrichment in its cage. I beleive these monkeys live in groups so to keep one in solitary confinement doesnt seem right. Maybe this one is agressive but it could be kept separately adjacent to others so at least it gets some company.

Next on the tour were several Hornbills kept in cages that would allow a second of flight time from end to end. Again woefully too small.

Worse was yet to come! As we rounded a corner there was an adult Orang Utan in a cage maybe 20' x 20' x 40' tall. These animals roam over hundreds of acres of forest in the wild which is replicated at other centres in Borneo, so to see an adult in a cage so small will leave a horrible lasting memory.

At this point my wife started crying so we left and didnt see anymore exhibits. Several more members of our group left the tour prematurely, unhappy at what they were seeing. Included in our group was a retired vet who voiced similar concerns to those Ive mentioned above.

Several other reveiws mention that Matang carries out rehabiliation and release work but our guide was quite clear that the animals Ive mentioned above were permanently resident and not scheduled for release.

There is an argument that these animals are not capable of being rehabiliated and/or released, but that is no reason not to provide suitable care and enrichment. If Matang cant provide that, then the animals are better being relocated to somewhere that can care for them properly, overseas if necessary. Failing that, euthanasia is probably a better option than what Matang is providing.

Some reveiws have mentioned about helping fund Matang by eating/drinking in certain places or paying to volunteer there. Near the start of our tour was a newish office/accomodation building that looked quite nice, as did the entrance and grounds. When you compare the quality of the human accomodation to that of the animals, I feel Matangs policy makers are a bit mixed up with priorites.

I would urge people not to visit Matang, but if you do go and are not happy with what you see, please write to Sarawak Tourism and air your veiws with them.
Written September 28, 2019
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ghah29
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Went there after checking out from Kubah National Park. The same ticket can be used for both parks. All animals are in enclosure. Some will be release to the wild. We got the chance to talk to the students doing their internship there. They told us about how things work in that rehab center and share some interesting stories about the orang utan. It is best to visit in the morning. The trails are also nice and easy. Suitable for all ages.
Written August 18, 2019
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Gideon_Lam
Singapore, Singapore229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I spent 2 weeks (19th July to 2nd August 2019) volunteering at Matang Wildlife Centre under the Great Orangutan Project. We work with rescued animals like Borneo Orangutan, Malayan Sun bear, Malayan Porcupine, Asian Civet Cat, Binturongs, Macaques, Turtles, Tortoise, Reticulated Python and many other animals surrendered due to illegal wildlife trade. We did enclosure maintenance, assist in animal quarantine, construction, feeding, enrichment and release of animals surrendered from the illegal wildlife trade.

It was a super enjoyable and fulfilling experience when you watch how animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

NOTE: This is a rehabilitation centre, not a zoo! There is ZERO PHYSICAL CONTACT with animals. I have read reviews where people arrive at this centre, expecting this place to be the zoo they perceived in their home country. Animals should belong to the wild, not in captivity, to perform for our amusement.

I am not happy when such naive, superficial reviews appear to cause negativity the the public. It does not do much justice to the staff and full-time volunteers who gave their heart, soul and time to give the best to these wonderful animals.
Written August 13, 2019
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Darci189
Christchurch, New Zealand19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We spent two nights at a forest hostel at Matang Wildlife Centre. We stayed at two other national parksand this one was the most challenging for foreign tourists. It was in a very peaceful place and was very quiet. But things need to be improved before it is easy to stay here. Sheets, a blanket and a towel were provided. There was no kitchen facilities- it was turned into a cleaner's room. There is an outdoor bbq space but no pots, pans, cutlery provided. We did get an electric kettle, bowl, cup and spoon each, which was very welcome to at least do breakfast. We had to travel to find lunch and dinner, and it was really hard work finding a place open for lunch. We spent all afternoon finally finding a seafood restaurant open in Kampung Telaga Air, and while it was the best meal on our trip, it wasn't cheap! Our room 7 turned out to have plumbing issues- the blocked drains stunk up the room horribly. The staff (who are extremely nice) couldn't fix them easily so moved us to room 8. We lost the fridge in room 7 but scored really well with air conditioning in room 8! But it wasn't ducted to the outside so we easily filled up a bucket of water overnight with a constant dripping of water condensate. And while not marked, we figured out that there was a potable water tank outside the forest hostel, but it was empty. The accommodation could be a really nice and peaceful place to stay at, but the kitchen needs to be re-opened and a few maintenance items tended to on a regular basis.
Written August 1, 2019
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Kate H
Leicester, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
On the face of it this centre could look depressing. However on meeting the owner Leo and hearing his passion and the stories behind the animals he and his team rescue, there’s a whole new level to this place. Run entirely on donations from the public, many animals are successfully rehabilitated. The ones on show for various reasons would not survive in the wild and with more money the enclosures could be improved, but unless visitors are prepared to donate this is unlikely to happen. So to help, drink at the Monkeebar or Bear Garden in Kuching and all profit will go to the centre!! We had an incredible day seeing the animals and then walking a jungle trail to a waterfall where we had a picnic and swam. Did this as independent travellers not on a tour. Cost RM10 to get in (which goes to the upkeep of the park not the animals.) and about a 40 minute taxi ride from Kuching. remember all animals are only there because of the human abuse of them and what they came from was far worse than the cages they now live in.
Written July 24, 2019
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KungfuFighter007
Wellington, New Zealand26 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This wildlife centre is not what I expected based on what they tell you. The animals are caged and stressed and when compared with their counter parts in the wild are far less healthy and happy looking. I saw no evidence of rehabilitation going at all. Just animals in cages. I came away from this after two days of seeing animals in the wild or have the ability to roam free feeling very sad and disturbed by what I saw! I would avoid if you love animals!!
Written June 23, 2019
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ZanzLondon
London12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Do not attend this centre, it is the one of the most depressing places I have ever been.

The animals do not appear to be being rehabilitated or moved on to an appropriate permanent environment, many have their names displayed on signage outside their small dingy cages and have clearly been there for a long time.

We observed almost all of the monkeys and bears swinging or pacing back and forth in their cages and enclosures. The other animals were sat still, did not seem to be to be engaging in natural behaviour and appeared forlorn and miserable.

The big orangutan, Peter, was in a very small cage with no stimulation. He sat at the front holding the cage with one hand, staring down at the ground. I honestly could have cried for him.

All enclosures were unacceptably small for the animals they house, filthy and dark. No sign of larger areas for the animals to be released to.

If you are at all concerned for animal welfare do not go to this place.

Also, there are loads of young westerners paying over 2000 $ to volunteer at this place. We saw at least 10-15 of them during our visit... where the hell is that money going because it certainly is not being spent on the animals’ environments.

Absolutely horrific.
Written June 16, 2019
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