Walk on the Wild Side

Paws for Thought

If you drive 45 minutes from KK you can reach Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa – a spectacular, low-slung resort fronting a pristine beach that supports a 25-hectare orangutan rehabilitation and interpretation centre.

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

But if you fly for 45 minutes from KK, to Sandakan, the gates to Sabah’s magical wildlife will swing open, boasting three major attractions within walking distance. Set by a picturesque lake, the canopy walk at Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre meanders through one of Sabah’s most accessible rainforests, accompanied by a cicada choir and brilliant bird sightings. At the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (bsbcc.org.my), A. A. Milne’s honey-obsessed Winnie-the-Pooh would be happy with this bear fact: 35 rescued sun bears – the world’s smallest bears – have taken up residence here.

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Two Sun Bears at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre

There’s an Australian connection: the University of the Sunshine Coast is among the many supporters garnered to help establish this world first. It designed and printed all the educational boards, and its biology department sent students to assist with research as part of a long-term project.


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