A gateway to lush green scenery, Sabah Rainforest Discovery Centre will bring an appealing experience to all visitors away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Regarded as one of the best environmental education facilities in Sabah, the Rainforest Discovery Centre is one of the most accessible rainforests in Sabah. The learning centre is located near the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, about 23 km away from Sandakan and it aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience nature up-close while educating people on the importance of rainforest conservation.
There are a number of jungle trails that can help you navigate through the dense forest, each jungle trail is marked and accompanied by convenient signboards that are not to be missed.
The trails enable you to catch sights of wildlife such as the civets, slow loris, flying squirrels, tarsier, mouse deer, and orangutan in their habitat. Pay attention to your surroundings and you will also be able to see several bird species that reside in the lower part of the tropical forest.
This thriving forest offers more than just a chance to watch wildlife up-close, as it is also considered to be one of the most diverse plant repositories in the country, showcasing a wide range of species which includes the pitcher plant as well as 250 types of orchids. It is an exclusive opportunity for all visitors to personally witness the abundant flora in a unique tropical ecosystem.
The tall trees layer the Rainforest Discovery Centre’s sky in a manner that is similar to skyscrapers outlining the city’s skyline. The tall Sepilok Giant towering at 65 metres among other dipterocarp trees, deeply intertwined roots, blooming tropical foliage, and flowering shrubs, embroider the evergreen forest in a colourful manner; making it an extravagant sight for nature lovers.
The types of rare bird species that you can expect to see in the Rainforest Discovery Centre are several migratory birds and endemic bird species. Such variations include Rhinoceros Hornbill, Bornean Bristlehead, Black and Crimson Pitta, Spiderhunters, Crested Jay, Red-bearded Bee-Eater, Black Hornbill, Scarlet Minivet, Banded Broadbill, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, Blue-headed Pitta, Bulbuls, Giant Pitta, Malkohas and Diard’s Trogon.