The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park covers about 280 acres of land, and at the moment 60 acres of the land have been utilized for the wildlife park and the botanical garden. The park has more than 100 species of mammals including birds, which are kept in captivity. Animals like the Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans, Proboscis Monkey, Borneo’s Rhino and Sun bear, which are native to Sabah, they are the main attraction here. The park is jointly developed and managed by the Sabah Wildlife and the Forestry Department. Located about 25km away from Kota Kinabalu City, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park can be easily accessible by either the old Penampang-Papar road via Donggongon town or the Putatan-Papar road.
Bornean Pygmy Elephant is the world’s smallest elephant. DNA anlaysis showed that Borneo’s elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins on mainland Asia. Since then, the elephants become smaller with relatively large ears, longer tails and straight tusks. Bornean Pygmy Elephants are also known to be rather tame and mild-tempered compared to others Asian elephants.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a great place to bring children for an educational trip and for a small fee, children can enjoy elephants ride too.
The Malayan Sun Bear is the smallest bear in the world. The Sun Bear hair is short and entirely black, except for a white spot or V-shape mark on the upper chest. Of all the bears, the Sun Bear is the most agile climber and spends a lot of time on trees. Sun Bear feeds on fruits and leaves gathered directly from the branches apart from termites, bee nests, and small mammals by using their front paws and long tongue.
Orang Utans is the closest cousin to human being in the animals kingdom, we share about 96.4% of the same DNA. Wonder why many of the Orang Utans behaviours are very similar to us human. Orang Utans are one of the most protected animals in Sabah, because many of their habitats have been destroyed and they have less and less forest to room about. Poaching of Orang Utans is still being practised in Sabah. Recently many organisations have been found to take care of this primate. Orang Utans can only be found in the Borneo and Sumatran Island.
Borneo Gibbons are slender arboreal primates without tails and travel rapidly within the canopy of tall dipterocarp tree. Borneo Gibbons eat ripe wild fruits, young leaves, insects and often drink water from a tree hole.
The Proboscis Monkey is also known in Malaysia as “Dutch Monkey”. The male has very distinguise character with its huge nose and a pot belly and it is one of the biggest monkeys found on earth. The Proboscis Monkeys are only found in Borneo, and they live in mangroves, lowland riverine and swampy forests. Their diet consists of plant materials such as leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers and insects. Note: Do not feed Proboscis Monkeys bananas, they will get very sick with this fruit.
About 4 to 5 different species of deers are on displayed here, namely Chital, Lesser Mousedeer, Red Muntjac and Sambar Deer.
The Aviary is a colossus bird cage with canopy as high as 3 storeys, people can walk into this big cage to see the birds as close as to nature. Birds like hornbills, pigeons, egret, eagles, parrots are kept here.
Take a stroll at this 1.4 km forest walk, immersed with the beauty of the surrounding giant trees and plants. Green is the only colour here. Listen to the sound of the forest, where insects and birds are humming away with their latest symphony. This is as close as one can get to a real Borneo forest experience.
A wide variety of plants and flowers are featured in the botanic garden. The Nepenthes is one of the most popular plants here. These insect and small animals eating plants have many species, and they were bought from all over Sabah to be displayed here. There are also an aroma and therapeutic garden within the botanic garden, it is a good learning experience. Picnic areas with shaded are provided for people to enjoy the great outdoor too.
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park opens daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm, however the ticket counter closes at 4:30pm. The entrance fee is RM 20 for adult and RM 10 for children while MY card holder pays RM 10 and RM 5 respectively. It is free for senior citizen above the age of 60 and the handicapped. Coming attractions for the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park are the canopy walk, mountain biking track, and the observation pavillion. Taxi and tour agents do provide the transport there.
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