City Tour and Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
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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.
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.
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!