Our eyes were glued to the swift movement of shark, stingray, turtle and a myriad of other marine life as they roam freely inside a gigantic tank. A diver was feeding them while a host was introducing their identity. We were lucky to be able to hear about human’s threats to sharks and how shark’s finning is adding miseries to their dwindling population. With renewed determination, we were attuned to the Green Connection’s save sharks campaign and vowed to make this noble endeavor more impactful.
We thought that this was the drift of visiting the new conservation centre in Kota Kinabalu. But we only found out later that, the Green Connection had more surprises for us. When you walk passed the replica limestone cave, hundreds of native species of reptiles including sea snakes, pythons, alligator as well as fish, turtles and corals that we can hardly find in the city or even in villages are all waiting to be seen. Some open tanks allow visitors to interact with these sea creatures using bare hands. In the indoor tanks, there will be marine biologists to interpret about marine life like starfish and king crab (belangkas). In other words, you don’t have to be a diver to be able to feel these aquatic creatures. All in all, very educational for children and adults alike.
But that’s not the end of the fun. Adjacent to the indoor marine site is a science learning centre dedicated to kids and their parents. Playing while learning does make a difference. Thumbs up to The Green Connection for their efforts to promote environmental awareness as well as adding more fascinations to tourists in Kota Kinabalu.
Mile 2.5, Jalan Tuaran, Likas, Kota Kinabalu near Wisma Wanita.
Open everyday (Including Sat, Sun. & ALL Public Holidays)
10am – 6pm
Last Entry 4pm
Children RM15 (2-16)
11:30am & 4pm (Mon – Fri)
11:30am, 1:30pm & 4pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
By Willie Ki
Pix: Rijel Sid, Willie Ki & Kelvin Chee