Bukit Merah Orangutan island Is a 35-acre island nestled within the idyllic setting of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, an eco-friendly 7000-acre freshwater lakeside vacation getaway in Semanggol, Perak. A visit to Orang Utan Island will assure anybody why the orangutan has charmed itself as an image of Malaysia.
Orang Utan Island is today a worldwide eco-tourism goal. Since its beginning in 2000, Orang Utan Island has advanced from being a sanctuary, where guests experienced direct consciousness and instruction on the orangutan, to a perceived ex-situ protection office and referral community for the jeopardized Bornean orangutan.
Venture into the wild!
The Foundation is setup on an island which is accessible by boat across a beautiful calm lake. You will know you are headed for adventure, the second you step onto the lake cruiser. Orang Utan Island beckons closer, as the cruiser cuts through the water. It’s no more a secret in the distance. As you alight onto the jetty, keep a look out high among the trees, you may spot an orangutan or two, swinging from tree to tree, or maybe even playing with each other. The boat ride is about 15 minutes to the island with every 45 minutes interval.
Once you step on the boardwalk, it will take you through a classroom of learning in the life of an orangutan, where you learn astonishing facts about this brainy primate.The orangutan, or ‘man (orang) of the forest (hutan)’ in the local Bahasa Malaysia language, displays truly human-like mannerism in many sides of its manner.
A walk through the semi-circle steel-fence tunnel enclosure is a overwhelming experience, where we humans, apparently in a cage, can peer out and be mesmerized by the orangutans just about anywhere, wandering free beyond in the trees, on the grass, by the greeneries, by the lake.
Take your time to wander by the Herbal Garden for an learning on herbal plants of Malaysia, followed by the Education Zones for expert briefing on the orangutan, then stop by the Researcher’s Corner for a closer observation of the island’s star attractions.
Endangered Orangutan! Protect them!
Scientists have derived to study how Orang Utan Island has managed to have a population of 24 orangutans today from only three in 2000 and they believe the endeavors at Orang Utan Island will greatly support in the conservation of the Bornean orangutan.
Orang Utan Island plays an essential role in building local conservation capacity by showing visitors to various aspects of primatology such as primate behaviour and ecosystem, captive care and veterinary medicine, and, conservation biology. With aid in know-how from regional primatologists and conservation biologists, Orang Utan Island targets to toughen its obligation concerning the scientific research of Bornean orangutan.
Orang Utan Island is geared to serve as a temporary holding facility for those orangutans rescued from illegitimate possession and or trade before being returned to their natural habitat, with mechanisms in place to treat, care and rehabilitate those orangutans assessed unfit for immediate return to the wild.
In the 14 years of its task, Orang Utan Island has accomplished success on and demand for its activities and programmes, drawing interest from, among others, universities from within Malaysia and around the world, for joint-cooperation across fields in education and research. Orang Utan Island will continue to serve as a centre for training, developing and enhancing the capacity of graduate students and young scientists in carrying out both in-situ and ex-situ conservation research and activities on the orangutan and its habitats.
End of your tour here, you can buy one or two souvenir for your memories, as well it helps in funding the foundation.
9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m
Monday to Sunday
365 days of year (subject to the water level in the lake)
HOW TO GET THERE?
Take a train journey to Taiping, then a 15-minute taxi ride to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort.
Take the North-South Expressway and take the turn-off to Bukit Merah Laketown Resort.
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 4.807294 I Longitude: 100.800005
In a cosy setting, in air-conditioned comfort, visitors can watch a video that brings a vivid insight into everything about Orang Utan Island.
A 100-metre semi-circle steel-fence tunnel enclosure where visitors, seemingly in a cage, can peer out and be captivated by the orangutans roaming free beyond in the trees, on the grass, by the bushes, by the lake, just about anywhere.
A beautiful and refreshing selection of 28 herbal plants found in Malaysia, each plant with a signage that lists its Malaysian name, its scientific name, its plant family, and, its trusted herbal health remedy.
An expert briefing on the orangutan awaits visitors at the Education Zone, where one can also stop and watch the orangutans, taking one’s time to study their behaviour.
With a large wood round table and long wood benches arranged in a circle, the atmosphere can prove quite productive for an individual, a group or a team to conduct research into specific areas on orangutan behaviour and habitat.
Terms & Conditions
1. Tickets purchase subject to 6% GST
2. For any unused tickets, no further re-validation will be allowed.
3. Customer must produce e-voucher for the above product in order to redeem their entrance ticket.
4. Booking must be made 5 days before arrival.
a) Ticket Prices are subject to revision.
b) To qualify for Malaysian citizen rate, Malaysian Adults must produce the MyKad at the Ticket Counter.