Sandwiched between the Signal Hill and Likas Sport Complex, lies this wonderful piece of wetland that has been gazetted as a state Cultural Heritage Site since 1998. Formerly known as Kota Kinabalu Bird Sanctuary, now it has been renamed Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, which is a 24 hectare remnant patch of once extensive mangrove forest in this coastal city.
Among the many inhabitants of this mangrove ecosystem is the colourful fiddler crab. During low tides, many of these fiddler crabs can be seen roaming around for food. The fiddler crabs reside in barrows during high tides, and survive in an air bubble trapped underground. Others mangrove wildlife includes, butterflies, fish, insects, jellyfish, monitor lizard, mud crabs, mud lobsters, mudskippers, water snakes and weaver ants.
A 1.5 km boardwalk brings visitors deep into the mangrove, a unique ecosystem where the land meets the sea. It is rich in wildlife. An hour stroll on the boardwalk is a pleasant experience where one gets to enjoy and feels the tranquility and life in the wetlands. Though sometimes one cannot see the wildlife, but their ever presence is so real. Insects sound, birds whispering, and crabs claw cracking sound are the common sounds that echo around the wetlands.
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre also has environmental education programmes for the visitors, schools and clubs. Some of the packages include the introduction to the flora and fauna of the mangroves, and to understand the importance of mangroves, and experience the feeling of going down to a mangrove swamp. One can contact Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre for more information.
The mud lobsters are great builder with mounds as high as 50-60cm, and inside the mounds there are multiple tunnels and can reach a depth of 2 meters.
A bird hide and look out tower has been built for the benefit of visitors. The bird hide is a great place for visitors to do some serious bird watching. Egrets, Kingfishers, green pigeons, purple herons are the common birds found here, and during the migratory season (September – April) sandpipers, plovers and red shanks are just some of the birds that visit frequently. A binocular is a handy equipment if one intents to have a better view of these birds.
Adults: RM 10, Students/Children: RM 5
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Adults: RM 3, Students/Children: RM 2
Tuesday – Sunday: 8am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays except public holidays
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Off Jalan Bukit Bendera Upper,
88400 Likas, Kota Kinabalu,
Tel: 6088 246 955 Fax: 6088 247 955