One of the richest and most diverse collections of animal life on this planet lives in Sabah. Yet, because most of it dwells in the dense rainforest, it is difficult to see – unlike the great herds of the African savannah – wildlife viewing is considered more like a gift than a given for travellers entering the state’s wild places. All of Borneo’s 222 mammals are originally forest dwellers, linked in a complex web of relationships to the plant-life of the forest, an indication of how important the rainforest is for their survival, guaranteeing not only their habitat but their livelihood. Over half of Sabah is forested, most of it as forest reserves with the remainder in parks and wildlife reserves and other protected areas, totalling 5,270 square kilometers. This park system, linked to a forward-thinking, eco-tourism policy, ensures that Sabah’s varied eco-systems and its wildlife can not only survive but can also be visited and appreciated with a minimum of disturbance.
Sabah Wildlife Endangered Species
- Orang Utan (Pongo Pygmaeus)
- Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis)
- Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus)
- Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)
- Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang)
- Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)
- Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Sabah's biodiversity conservation and reforesting efforts have attracted a large number of foreign agencies and non-governmental organisations like the World Wide Fund for Nature, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Alexander Abraham Foundation, as well as business corporations like Marks and Spencer. Foreign organisations such as the Royal Society United Kingdom which celebrated its 25 years in the Danum Valley is continuing its work with the Yayasan Sabah Concession Area.