City Tour and Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

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View of Kota Kinabalu from Signal Hill.

Collected at 8.15am today by our guide, Marius, who spent the morning with us.  He turned out to be very knowledgeable and a very good guide, also an ex-dive instructor so quite useful to chat with.  He took us for a drive out to the Sabah Foundation tower, which looks like a big battery, and then through the University Malaysia SAbah grounds - the uni is on a huge site and is very impressive, even has it's own large mosque on site.  We then had an external look at the State Mosque, which is surrounded by water and looks a bit like the Taj Mahal.  We didn't go in, as it looked like a funeral would be taking place, so then went around to a Chinese temple, quite similar to what we've seen in China and Hong Kong (not surprisingly!).  He then drove us up to the top of Signal Hill for a view over the city and harbour - KK is a very modern city as it was basically razed during Allied bombing at the end of WWII, so very few historical buildings, unlike Kuching.

Sumatran Rhino, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

We then drove out of town for about 25 minutes to get to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.  This is basically a zoo with lots of native animals on display, plus others from around the world.  There's an aviary, but the reptile section is not yet open - lots of building work is going on so in a year or two it should be a pretty impressive place to visit.  We saw most of the big animals like rhinos and elephants, plus the primates like orangutans, proboscis monkeys and the very noisy gibbons.  There was a park volunteer feeding the proboscis monkeys and she had a tiny 18 month old one clinging to her like a baby.  It had been orphaned and hand-reared, so was very clingy with the keeper - so cute!  Be aware that the exhibits are in a zoo setting and wildlife park is, at this point, a bit of a misnomer - this may of course change once the building is completed.

Cheeky little otter, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.
  Will be interesting to return in a year or two to see what they've done.

Not doing much this afternoon, apart from updating travbuddy and wandering around the streets, as it is a public holiday so not much happening in the city.  Off to Sandakan tomorrow (AirAsia willing!).

PS:  After writing this entry, we found a massage centre in the nearby shopping centre where we "endured" 1 1/2 hours of bliss each, full body and foot massage for less than A$20 each!

nancyth says:
Animals at the park are divided into three major habitat zones. The orang- utans, bats, snakes and eagles are put under the forest canopy zone while large animals such as sun bears and elephants are put under the forest floor zone. Gibbons, turtles, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys and snakes are all located at the water and water edge zone.Other animals include tigers, mouse deer, barking deer, ostriches, various species of birds and a Sumatran rhinoceros. One of the first animals to greet visitors at the park is the exotic clouded leopard. Elusive by nature, the leopard looks so adorable that even in its sleep,it manages to pull a strong crowd. http://www.wildlifeworld360.com
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
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