Kinabalu National Park is located in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It covers an area of 754 square kilometers. It was declared as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 because of its biological splendors. This 130 million-year-old nature sanctuary is home to unique flora and fauna.
The Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world is also found here. This park features more than 5,000 vascular plant species including orchid fern, Rhododendron, and Rafflesia.
Quick Facts: –
- Kinabalu National Park is dominated by Mount Kinabalu. It is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea.
- Mount Kinabalu is 4,095 meters in height and continues to grow.
- This national park is a granite intrusion formed 15 million years ago and thrust upward one million years ago.
- There are four different climate zones in this national park. These zones are the lowland dipterocarp forest, montane forest, cloud forest, and the sub-alpine zone.
- The national park is home to more than 11 species of land snails along with 62 frog and toad species.
- There are 21 bat species, 90 lowland mammal species, 22 mountain mammal species, 326 bird species.
- The Kinabalu mountain blackbird and the Kinabalu friendly warbler are two birds that cannot be seen elsewhere in the world.
- During the river cruise you can spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles.
- This national park has been designated as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia.