Friday, August 20, 2010

SABAH TRIP 2010 (DAY 2)

Date: 20 August 2010

Had our breakfast down in KK town and we had a delicious pork noodles
We then headed to the Lok Kawi park which is about 20 minutes drive down town. With our GPS we reach the destination safely. The Lok Kawi Park is a wild life parks which are full with wildlife.








Orang Utan which is cute and adorable can be found here too. There are more animals to see where there also birds, small tiny animals, as well as ostrich and more.


ABOUT
A  30 to 40 minutes drive via the old Penampang-Papar road to the southwestern part from the Kota Kinabalu will bring you to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Situated about 25km from the city centre, this park has recently been offi­cially open for the visitors this year. The park is managed and operated by Sabah Wildlife Department under the Min­istry of Tourism, Culture and Environment. While most of the visitors viewed it as a zoo, it is actually a small wildlife rehabilita­tion centre. The 280 acres of land hosted nearly 100 species of plants, birds and wild animals. The botanical garden which is located near the end of the zoo is managed by Sabah Forestry Department. Attractions

  The park has a few interesting sections, namely the aviary, botanical garden, and majority of the parks contains mammals sections. There is also a children's zoo and amphitheater inside the park. To cover up a visit of the whole park, you may need to spend nearly 2 to 3 hours. Umbrellas are available for rent at the entrance and there are plenty of shelters for you to stop and continue watching. There are also a few boards containing useful information.

Visitor will be able to witness rare ani­mals like the endangered pygmy elephants, gibbons, clouded leopard, civet cats, tar­siers and Orang utans. As at the moment of writing, there is only one Sumatran Rhino. The Sumatran Rhino is a highly endan­gered species in the world and is not very often easily spotted. Parents will find the park useful as it will be able to provide ample information thus spreading the importance and awareness of our own wildlife. A guide can be hired to bring you along, and he/she will be able to learn more as guides will be able to give more information and explanation about wildlife and plants along the way.

   Outside the entrance, there are a few souvenir shops that offer a range of local- products. Among them, you can also pur­chase merchandise such as postcards, fine prints of wildlife, handicrafts and key chains as mementos of your visit. While at the park, visitors are highly warned as well as encouraged not feeding or provoking the animals. Bring home nothing but pic­tures. Other information  only correct at moment of writing.

For those of you visiting Sabah on a very short time, you may opt to visit the park which is open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 am. Yes, for your extra information it does open on public holidays! The Entrance fees are free for schools children below 17, senior citizens above the age of 60 and People with special needs. Foreigners are charged a fee of rm20 per adults and rm10 for child. locals with genuine citizenship are charged a fee of RM10 for adults and RM5 for children below 18 years of age.



After the trip there, we plans to have a trip down to Sutera Habour but the plan had ruined due to the heavy rain. So, we headed back to KK for a dine of the famous Chicken Rice in Town. We then went back hotel for a rest and at night, I had made an appointment with classmates.



At night, we had a farewell to bid a friend who will back to his hometown after his master's there. A gathering with friends at Cube restaurant.

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