"If you want to see an orang utan, one of the best places to meet these cuddly ginger apes is the Matang Wildlife Centre on the western corner of the Kubah National Park."
If you want to see an Orang Utan, one of the best places to meet these huge ginger-coloured apes is the Matang Wildlife Centre on the western corner of the Kubah National Park.
Covering 180 hectares of lowland forest, the centre allows Orang Utans and other local fauna to live in their natural surroundings. Although the public can visit the centre and see Orang Utans and other animals, it is not a zoo. Its main function is to rehabilitate endangered species, such as Orang Utans that were confiscated from members of the public who have illegally kept them as pets.
After some time in captivity, these animals can no longer fend for themselves and have to be taught how to live off the jungle, their natural habitat. But, while they are being trained, they become used to the presense of humans. The centre also caters for researchers from local and overseas universities as well as nature studies by local schools or groups of interested adults.
While the Orang Utans and other animals are the main attractions, the centre has a lot more to offer. Attractions include a series of rock pools, swimming area, picnic spots, camping sites, scenic nature trails, waterfalls, viewing area and enclosures for viewing semi wild animals.