Many online reviews stated than it looks more like a zoo than a conservation centre, other pointed out that the cages where the animals are kept are too small.
Others assured me that they are doing a lot to help animals and that they are constantly improving their facilities
In the end, I decided that the only way to get out of doubts was to get there and see it with my eyes.
When you enter the place you will be told that this is not a zoo, and the guard will explain you that the aim of the centre is rehabilitating injured or abused wild animals.
You will be then able to walk through a path where you will see the animals that are kept there: crocodiles, deers, big cats, monkeys, birds....
At the end of the path you will get to the biggest enclosures, the ones that are home to the orang utans and the sun bears, and just before that you will pass in front of the clinic.
Some orang utans are also free to roan around, but we didn't see any.
Pros and Cons
I want to be honest with you: I didn't get a great impression of Matang as I visited it: many of the cages are actually too small and there are no written information about the animals that are kept there (age, health condition, possible date of release...).
Only the orang utans have an entire wall dedicated to their lives: every one of them has a full description of her/his story, I would have liked to see the same for all the other animals.
What I liked most was the clinic of the centre: we couldn't get inside (obviously) but they had many cages with injured animals in the porch so we really had the impression that they are offering an important service to rescue them.
Anyway, I understand that a visitor may actually get the impression that animals are kept around the path just to be desplayed.
As I gatherd more information about the place I got to know that this is a necessary step towards the rehabilitation of abused animals, and many of them are then transferred to other centres (like Semenggoh) or, if possibile, set free.
I also was informed that the centre is improving its facilities little by litte.
If you only have a few days and you can visit just one or two you need to decide what you value most: every one of this centres will teach something different.
After visiting the enclosures you can spend more time inside the park having a walk, hiking and visiting a smal waterfall.
It's also possibile to spend the night inside the centre, you can book it here
Opening hours and price
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Adults: 20 rm (4-5 euros)
Children (age 6-17): 7 rm (1.5 euros)
How to get there
Matang Wildlife Centre is about 30km from Kuching City and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the Centre, we suggest you take a Grab.
We suppose there is a cafeteria there but we didn't see it open, so I strongly recommend you bring your own food and drinks.