Kipandi Butterfly Park

The enclosure at Kipandi Butterfly Park is probably the biggest in Sabah with an enclosed area of 15,000 square feet (estimated). As many as 30 to 40 species of butterflies can be seen flying freely arround the enclosure sipping nectar from one fruit tree to another. One of the rarest butterflies in Borneo is the Rajah Brooke (Trogoneptra Brookiana) which can be easily spotted at the enclosure. Others special butterflies are Golden Birdwing (Troides Amphrysus) and the Peacock swallow-tail (Papilio Karna). The best time to view these butterflies is in the morning from 9:30 to noon, when butterflies are at their most energetic display. Have those cameras ready too.

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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.

Elephants Dancing

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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