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Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Kota Kinabalu Overview

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve in a 1,225 km natural preserve located in Sabah in Malaysia. The Wildlife Reserve is home to several endangered species and ensures that visitors enjoy sightseeing animals in their original habitat.

The endangered species in the Tabin Wildlife reserve include the Borneo Pygmy elephants and several exotic birds. It also houses several tropical plants which have great medical and therapeutic significance. The Tabin Wildlife reserve has also been crowned the best tourist attraction in Malaysia for three years, the most recent being the Malaysian Tourism Award in 2015.

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Wildlife at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

The reserve is located at the center of the Dent Peninsula and comprises of almost 300,000 hectares, which is twice the size of Singapore. The national reserve has several endangered species and also houses nine primate species in its premises.
  • One of the primates includes an Orangutan and three endangered cat species.
  • The Tabin Wildlife Reserve also comprises of 300 species of birds and is one of the best spots for bird watching in the country.
  • The reserve contains exotic and colorful birds such as the sunbirds and the hornbills.
  • Visitors can also spot the Sumatran Rhino and the largest predator, clouded leopards as well.
  • Tabin also has several mineral-rich volcanos’ which makes it a great spot for sightseeing wildlife as several faunas can be seen flocking to the volcanoes for their mineral intake. 

How to Reach Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Visitors need to take a flight from MasWings from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu. It’s a 1-hour flight and from Lahad Datu, it’s an hour’s drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Hire a taxi to get to the airport, as there is no proper public transport in place.

Another popular way of reaching the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is by road. The road journey from Sandakan to Lahid Datu is 4 hours. Visitors prefer this route as it allows them to explore other eco nature attractions in Borneo as well.

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