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Sandakan

The Next Generation (Platform A)

The next generation after Allister and Bill from the popular TV programme on Discovery Channel and Planet Animal at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. Many of you might have come across the story of Allister & Bill at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary through the popular TV channel Discovery or Animal Planet. This TV programme talked about how Allister and Bill and their harem, a group of thirty, lived their life in the forest, especially about the scarcity of food from the natural forest where they lived, which has been turned into plantations.

Rainforest Discovery Centre

The best place in Sandakan to come and learn about forest and nature.

After paying a visit to the famous Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre or while waiting for the feeding time in the afternoon, one can always turn into the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) which is about 1km away. This is a great new addition to the Sandakan tourist destinations. Set within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Rainforest Discovery Centre is a huge place. The main attractions here are the canopy walk, the plant discovery garden and the forest trails. Bird lovers will have an extra incentive to visit, three towers that mushroom up to the top of the canopy giving visitors a spectacular view over the surrounding tree tops. Huge canopy walkway on equal height with the trees allows photographers to choose the perfect spot to capture that unique picture of exotic birds of Borneo (with some luck).

Agnes Keith House

An old house with a rich history at the western hill of Sandakan town.

After paying the entrance fee, and walk through a small hut that acts like a time travel portal, visitors are transported back in time to a period that resembles the British era of North Borneo from 1930 to 1950. Upon passing a small garden with its well kept lawn, a beautiful and charming British style colonial house appears and it is begging for the visitors to come in for an historical experience. This house,“Newlands”, was once occupied by the Great American writer, Agnes Keith. She even wrote her award winning book, Land Below the Wind which described her Borneo experiences, at this very house. Apart from Land Below the Wind, she also wrote two other books, namely Three Came Home, and White Man Returns. These three books help to promote Borneo and in particularly Sabah tremendously to the Western World. Restoration of the house was started in 2001 by Sabah Museum, and in 2004 the house was opened to the public. In honour of Agnes work the Malaysian government has named the house Agnes Keith House, a special tribute to this award winning American authoress.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

The future looks grim and the present looks cloudy, this is the plight of the orangutan. The forests in the world are shrinking rapidly day by day, even in the the last frontier of Borneo. The orangutan is loosing their home land (habitat) to the continuous clearing of the forests to what man called human development. Deforestation due to illegal logging and the continuous land clearing for the oil palm plantations are taking its toll on the orangutan population in the wild. The scientists estimated that there are about 11,000 wild orangutans left in Sabah, this might seems a rather hopeful piece of news. But orangutan has the slowest reproduction cycle in the mammals world, and most of them live a solitary life, their species survivor is really left in our hands. Conservation is the key to that goal.

One week in Sabah

A seven days tour package of Sabah, which combines the best of west and the east coast of Sabah.

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