Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park: My Introduction to Kota Kinabalu's wild

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Another gift from nature that abounds in Kota Kinabalu is the remarkable Proboscis Monkey. We didn't go far to find it as there are some of this bizarre monkeys at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Sabah, Malaysia.

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (or Lok Kawi Zoo) is located at old Penampang-Papar road, about 25 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. It is about 10 minutes drive from the small town of Lok Kawi and about 40 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. As there is no direct public transportation to the park I am lucky that Chel has a car and willing to take me there! For other visitors,they can take a bus to Lok Kawi town and take a taxi from there. Alternatively, they can pay between RM80 and RM100 (Php 14 to an RM) to have a taxi straight and back to the park.

One good thing about the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, is that animals can be seen roaming wild within their enclosures minus the glass fence or thick wooden ones like I've seen in many zoos I visited.

Animals at the park are divided into three major habitat zones: forest canopy zone, forest floor zone and the water and water edge zone.

We were lucky to have arrived during the feeding time of most animals. It was a wonderful experience to watch the otters get feed.They are the noisiest when hungry haha. There were about 90 animals in the park other than proboscis monkey. There were orang utans, otters, Asian elephant, hornbill birds, tigers, mouse deer, barking deer, ostriches, various species of birds,leopard, and a Sumatran rhinoceros.

Here are some information.

Open daily : 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Entrance fees:

Visitors 18 years old and above (Malaysian citizen RM 10.00) & (Non Malaysian citizen RM 20.00)
Visitors below 18 years old (Malaysian citizen RM 5.00) & (Non Malaysian citizen RM 10.00)
Free admission to Senior citizens (60 years old and above) and Handicapped Malaysian citizen only and school childrens (below 17 years old).

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