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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
SANDAKAN : Rainforest Development Centre
 
 

RAINFOREST DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

In the heart of the rainforest

 

 

Covering almost 60 percent of land mass, Malaysia?s tropical rainforests have been a major draw for tourists from around the world. There is no better place to learn all about it than at the Rainforest Development Centre (RDC) in Sabah. After all, the RDC started out as an educational learning centre operated by the Sabah Forestry Department to teach students and teachers about conserving forests and the sustainable use of forests. Opened in 2007, the RDC is located in Sandakan, Sabah, within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home of the orangutans of the nearby Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

 

In the heart of the rainforest It recently received a fresh round of attention when the Minister of Tourism, YB Dato? Sri Azalina Dato? Othman Said, chose to launch the Zoom! Malaysia domestic campaign at the venue, generating renewed publicity and interest for it. Far from being a domestic tourism product, the centre boasts of excellent facilities and educational information to appeal to foreign tourists also. In fact, researchers from afar, too, choose to conduct studies and observations of nature and wildlife here.

 

Visitors who throng this beautiful green belt are able to participate in various forest-based recreational activities, i.e. bird-watching, nature photography, night walks to spot wildlife, etc. Though small, only 1 hectare in size, the Plant Discovery Garden at RDC boasts of many diverse and unique plant species. Some of the more interesting plants in this garden are the native orchids (more than 250 species), slipper orchids, pitcher-plants, arid land plants, aquatic plants, economic crops, and some of the most spectacular tropical American plants, such as the bromeliads and the Venus flytrap. A walk through the garden leads visitors to the Rainforest Discovery Trails, which is a network of nature trails among tall, dipterocarp trees that provide easy access into the forest. Interpretive panels along the 800-metre trail describe the unique features of the natural forest and how it functions as an ecosystem. Night walks along the trails also offer a chance to see wildlife, such as tarsiers, mouse deer, and civet cats, and interesting insects such as stick insects. The centre?s canopy walkway is a 147-metre long, sturdy, steel structure which provides visitors with a spectacular view of the beautiful rainforest of Sepilok from up to 28 metres above the forest floor. The walkway and towers are great for bird-watching -- there are some 250 species of birds to look out for at the centre, including hornbills, pittas, kingfishers and broadbills. For the lucky ones, a glimpse of the resident Bornean Bristlehead, an endemic species in Borneo will surely be thrilling!

 
 

 

The exhibitions at the main building highlight plants and animals of the rainforest, with information on the forests of Sabah, its resources and various research findings. Visitors to the centre will also benefit from a trip to the nearby Mangrove Discover Centre (MDC), an environmental education facility located in the mangroves of the Sepilok Forest Reserve. It is a 20-minute boat ride from Sandakan or a two-hour hike from RDC through the forest. Visiting both the Rainforest Discovery Centre and the Mangrove Discovery Centre provides visitors a broader and more complete understanding of the rainforest. There are also plans afoot to build a 48-bed hostel, an interpretation pavilion, as well as a broad walkway in the mangrove forest. Activities here include bird-watching, kayaking, and fishing. Proboscis monkey sightings are also common in the area.

 
 
MUST DO
  • Walk along the Rainforest Discovery Trail to see towering dipterocarp trees

  • Observe nearly 250 species of birds from the canopy walkway

  • visit the exhibition centre

  • See more than 250 species of orchids as well as pitcher plants and aquatic plants at the Plant Discovery Garden

 
 
ADMISSION
  • Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm daily

  • Admission fee: Malaysian RM5.00 Adult (RM2.00 for visitors aged 5 - 17) & Non-Malaysian RM10.00 Adult and child above six.

 
 
FACILITIES

Lecture hall, a gift shop and an exhibition hall. The MDC has a large camp ground designed to cater up to 80 persons. Basic amenities include a kitchen, a large hall and toilets.

 
 
CONTACT DETAILS

Rainforest Discovery Centre

PO Box 1407,

90715 Sandakan, Sabah.

Tel : +60 089-533780 / 533781

 
 
 
SANDAKAN : Rainforest Development Centre
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA