Kinabalu’s Floras

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pitcher plants (nepenthes)

The forests of Kinabalu Park are very rich in flowers and plants, an estimated of 5,000 flowering plants had been catalogue to present day, and many more new species are till waiting to be discover. Wild orchids are abundant, as many of the wild orchids can be seen growing on top of the tree branches.

One of the most popular plants at Kinabalu Park, has to be the pitcher plants and also go by the name Nepenthes. There are about 9 species of pitcher plants at Kinabalu forests, and most of the pitchers plants can be found at the altitude of 2,702 m to 3,200 m. A few species of the pitchers plants have the ability to eat small insects alive with its pitcher.

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umbelliferae

The delightful rhododendrons has the biggest family of flowers in the Kinabalu forest, and they come in many attractive colours from white, red, yellow, pink, purple, to orange. Tree ferns also thrive in this forest.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

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lok kawi wildlife park entrance

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.

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borneo pgymy elephants