The Borneo Indigenous Animal Paradise – Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Introduction
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is located along the Penampang-Papar old road, about 25 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. It was officially opened to the public on the 17th of February 2007 while the park is fully developed by the Sabah Wildlife Department.
The Park is 280 acres in size and is made up of two parts; the zoological and the botanical side. The park’s main objective is to create a family-oriented park which puts in more emphasis on making it more of a children’s zoo.
*We are only able to see some of the animals exhibit due to the undergoing routine maintenance during our visit to Lok Kawi but overall still worth it.
Borneo Indigenous Animals
The Sambar can grow up to 100-150cm in shoulder height and reaches its maturity at 18-24 months. In Sabah, they occur in lowland dipterocarp and lower montane forests and active mainly and late evening or night.
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-shaped mark on the upper chest.
Sun Bears are a large powerfully build; the head is large and flexible muzzle omnivorous mammals with a short tail and a good sense of smell, but poor sight and hearing.
The Malayan Tiger can weight between 150-200kg and average life expectancy is around 14-16 years. Tigers are strict carnivores and they have big appetites. A hungry tiger can eat up to 36kg meat at one time.
In the wild, tiger marks their territory with their urine, feces, and by scratching trees.
The Orangutan is the only Asian Great Ape found on the island of Borneo and Sumatera. The average life expectancy of the orangutan is around 35 years and their diet are consists of fruits, leaves, shoots, barks or insects.
Orangutan is arboreal and active during the daytime. They are found in the lowland dipterocarp and lower montane forests.
Tembadau is also known as Banteng and they are the second largest land mammal in Sabah with 1.7m height at shoulder and 400kg weight.
In the wild, a Tembadau is part of a herd of 8-10 individuals, consisting of one mature male with mature females and young.
Binturong also known as the BearCat has a long tail up to 72cm and weight over 30kg. The Binturong loves to eat fruits, insects, birds and sometimes even rodents.
The Thick-Spined Porcupine is species originated from the island of Borneo and held the record for being the longest living rodents with one living individuals up to 27 years.
As the rest of the old world porcupines, the species are typically herbivorous, eating fruits, roots, and bulbs. Some species also gnaw on dry bones for calcium.
The Proboscis Monkey is also known in Malaysia as “Dutch Monkey” for its long-nose appearance while its tail is said to be as long as their body length.
They are only found on the island of Borneo and usually found in a group consisting of the all-male group and others forms harem consisting one mature male and several females and their offsprings.
Botanical Garden & Natural Wonders
Lok Kawi Botanical Garden
The botanical component offers visitors the chance to go jungle trekking along the botanical trail. The readily paved trail is approximately 1.4 kilometers long and the botanical component is about 200 acres in size.
There is also a “Rafflesia Test-Plant Institute” not far from the entrance – if you not mind and willing to climb up the hill (proximately 200m) just for the sight! 😉
While adventuring around Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, do remember to look up occasionally and you will find numerous best scenery that you can’t even imagine it might have existed.
The overall Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is shady and covered by fairly aged trees (some up to 100 years old) so it would be a very enjoyable experience for any age group of visitors! 😉
The admission fees for Lok Kawi Wildlife Park:
- RM10.00 (Malaysian) | RM20.00 (Non Malaysian)
By Car :
- 30 minutes to from Kota Kinabalu, the estimated distance is 20 kilometers.
By Grabcar :
- 30 minutes to from Kota Kinabalu Town Centre, with proximately RM50 round-trip fees.
*Highly recommend taking grab car service as a non-local visitor and ask the driver to wait (if possible) outside at the entrance.
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Information
Address: W.D.T No.63, Jalan Penampang, Penampang, Sabah.
Contact: +6088 765 793
Open Hour: 09.30 am – 05.30 pm (Mon-Sun)