About 59% of Malaysia’s wetland is in Sabah. Wetlands are quoted as  ‘Areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres’ (Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).

Various wetland sites in Sabah :

  1. The conservation of Malaysia’s largest RAMSAR site, Lower Kinabatangan and Segama Wetlands involving 79,000 hectares of pristine wetlands ecosystem,
  2. Klias Peat Swamp which has been gazetted as a Class 1 Forest Reserve,
  3. Sepilok Laut Mangrove Discovery Center

Kinabatangan was gazetted as a wildlife sanctuary with a great variety of animal and flora. The list includes proboscis monkeys, orang utan, borneo pygmy elephants and many more. Local communities surround the area, hence the conservation works also aim to preserve the livlihood of the local population. For more information on the work done in Kinabatangan, please go to http://www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/malaysia.

Did You Know

The most expensive orchid in the world

Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid considered to be the “aristocrat of slipper orchids”; it grows wild in Mount Kinabalu and has won many awards and perhaps the most expensive orchid in the world. It takes 15 years to bloom from seedling earning the title “Gold of Kinabalu”

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