Kota Kinabalu folks should be proud to own a wetland reserve hidden behind the Signal Hill in Kota Kinabalu. Given to its overshadowed location, little is known about this 24 hectares (60 acres) of mangrove forest wetland. Wetlands are immensely the shrinking natural heritages which provide the much needed refuge to wildlife that run out of shelter due to human occupation.
The former ‘Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary’ serves as a model wetland centre for conservation, education, recreation, tourism and research. Currently, Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Centre (KKWC) is managed by local NGO, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society. This area is an ideal feeding ground for many species of resident birds as well as migratory species from Northern Asia. Some of the birds that can be sighted include migratory species like the sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, egrets and herons as well as canopy birds such as collared kingfisher and stork-billed kingfisher. As many as 80 species of birds have been identified at the sanctuary.
Take a leisurely stroll on a 1.5km boardwalk that brings you deep into the mangrove. You are recommended to visit the wetland in early morning or evening as the possibility to see birds and mangrove wildlife is brighter. Monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, butterflies, water snakes and mud lobsters are among the inhabitants of this gigantic wetland. You will come across a bird hide to observe birds as well as a 4-storey wooden tower hide to enjoy the panoramic view of the wetland.
Sadly, KKWC is under siege by rapid development while the alarming global warming poses more dangers to the state of this sanctuary. Let’s visit this special site and reflect how we can help to conserve our deteriorating environment. What’s more, an education centre with informative fun facts opens its door to students and adults for an enjoyable learning here.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8.00am till 6.00pm (Closed on Mondays, except when falls on a Public Holiday); Open on all Public Holidays
Admission Fees: •Local RM5.00 (Adult) RM3.00 (Student) •Others RM10.00(Adult) RM5.00 (Student) •Below 6 years – Free
By Willie Ki
Pix: Rijel & Willie
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