Wildlife tours in Sabah are a popular option for nature lovers, due to its unique biodiversity. Almost 700 bird species are resident or visit Sabah, including 33 of the 59 endemics listed for Borneo as a whole. The Malaysian state is located at the northernmost tip of Borneo and half of its territory is taken up by nature reserves. Most notable is the 754 sq km UNESCO World Heritage site of KInabalu National Park. This is dominated by Mount Kinabalu,...
Wildlife tours in Sabah are a popular option for nature lovers, due to its unique biodiversity. Almost 700 bird species are resident or visit Sabah, including 33 of the 59 endemics listed for Borneo as a whole.
The Malaysian state is located at the northernmost tip of Borneo and half of its territory is taken up by nature reserves. Most notable is the 754 sq km UNESCO World Heritage site of KInabalu National Park. This is dominated by Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Malaysia, and alone home to more than 326 bird and 100 mammal species. Sabah’s tropical rainforests are protected under the WWF’s Heart of Borneo agreement.
Although Borneo is probably most famous for its Orang-utans, Sabah’s mammal population ranges from the tiny Western Tarsier, Slow Loris and Giant Red Flying Squirrel to the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Bornean Sun Bear and Sunda Clouded Leopard. If you are lucky, you may spot one of the elusive Sunda Pangolins or some of the Proboscis Monkeys. Reptiles and amphibians are equally abundant, with a vast ecosystem of frogs, toads, lizards, skinks, flying dragons, mabuyas, geckos and snakes.
Top of any birder’s list must be the Rhinoceros Hornbill, the national bird of Malaysia and one of the largest avian species found in Asia. Endemics that encourage wildlife tours in Sabah include the Mountain Barbet, Blue-banded Pitta, Bornean Bristlehead, Scarlet Minivet, Bornean Treepie, Banded Broadbill, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Red-bearded Bee-Eater and the recently discovered Spectacled Flowerpecker.
Off the coast of Sabah’s capital city, Kota Kinabalu, the six islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park have a dazzling array of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish, molluscs, sea snakes and crustaceans to attract divers and snorkellers. The area is also rich in sea turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins and Dugongs, with recent sightings of Orcas and other whales in the waters. Boat trips to some of Sabah’s neighbouring islands may also offer a chance to see the rare Nicobar Pigeon.
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