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Matang Wildlife Centre

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I know that it's a rehabilitation centre for animals, so it's supposed to replicate the jungle. But it's a very sad place from a tourist perspective. What really hit me in my heart was the sad look in the eyes of a very handsome and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hweelengtoh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although the place can be a bit sad, as there are many animals in cages, the centre does a really good effort to keep the animals as happy as possible. They have to stay for a period in the centre before they can be released.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Juanma596
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The centre talks a lot about conservation and rehabilitation of animals but I couldn't look past the terrible facilities that the animals are housed in. The orangutans enclosures were quite distressing. I understand that many have been rescued from worse conditions but the 2 males...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank JohnB16032
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No way you would miss an orangutan as this is a rehabilitation centre. You get to see other animals such as Sambir Deer, Porcupine, Asian Sun Bear, Crocodile (in enclosure) and some birds including the Rhinoceros Hornbill of Sarawak. Get to bath at Sungai Rayu...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank WVZ3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was recently thinking about my time at Matang as a volunteer and decided to check out the reviews on Tripadvisor. I am very saddened by the poor reviews for this centre; I felt I had to have a say. I volunteered at this centre...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank RBell144
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This was part of a package tour and it was our first exposure to wildlife in Sarawak. This was unfortunate as it was a sad experience for us. Our guide had explained the role of the Centre and explained why most of the animals were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joe Sue S
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I’ve seen a lot of negative comments about the conditions of this center, but I think you really have to take into consideration where you’re at before you judge. I think they are doing a great job with the resources that they have.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Kim W
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

This place is supposed to be a rehabilitation centre but unfortunately, it’s more like a zoo in disguise. A poorly-maintained zoo to be exact. HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED. Was recommended by the people from Semenggoh Wildlife Centre to visit this place but turned out to be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kuching V
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

They call themselves a rehabilitation center, but all I saw was a poorly maintained Zoo. There was a small leopard in a tiny cage, monkeys were walking in circles from lack of space and loneliness, and I did not see any signs of rehabilitation! All...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mathys B
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Had planned to visit Matang due to its recommendation in the lonely planet guide (no idea why it’s in there) and was gravely disappointed. It’s advertised as a rehabilitation centre for endangered animals. The conditions they were kept in were appalling, small cages and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Gillian M
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Comixe
21 August 2018|
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Response from Carla P | Reviewed this property |
If you are dropped off at the front steps of the Matang Wildlife center, and you can walk some, then it should be fine. There isn't much walking. Much less than at Semmogong (I can't remember how to spell it) Rehab Center.
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nevercheckbags
8 August 2017|
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Response from Tigerliew88 | Reviewed this property |
No wifi. May ask taxi to come back later to pick you up. Or he can wait for you.
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nevercheckbags
8 August 2017|
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Response from Tricia C | Reviewed this property |
No Wifi. Doubtful there's Uber. Hire your taxi for the whole day.
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