Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is relatively new, opened to the public on 17th February 2007. It contains a zoo and botanical garden and covers an area of 280 acres. As the name implies, it is located near the township of Lok Kawi, and is approximately 20km from Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.
There are over 100 species of mammals and birds in the park. Many of them are native to the island of Borneo. The highlight of the park, for many at least, would be the orang utan and proboscis monkey.
Orang Utan's Playground
Other animals on display are the Malayan Tiger, Malayan Sun Bear (Beruang Madu), Sumatran Rhinoceros, Wild Cattle (Tembadau), Borneo Elephant (Gajah Borneo), Sambar Deer (Rusa), Gibbons, Barking Deer (Kijang), Hornbills (Enggang), Clouded Leopard and many more.
Right at the end of the park is a Botanical Garden, where they have many plants and herbs planted for display. It also have a rather challenging trail, for the fitter ones. It used to be a rubber plantation, there are some rubber trees that remain.
The walking path is mostly tarred, and is relatively flat. Suitable for family outing and strollers for those who have young children.
Walking Path Junction
The park is rather large, so it can easily take 2-3 hours. The walking path are mostly exposed, so it can get pretty hot on a sunny day. Remember to apply some sun block, or bring your umbrella.
Malaysian Adult: RM10
Malaysian Child: RM5
Non-Malaysian Adult: RM20
Non-Malaysian Child: RM10
Senior Citizens (Over 60 years old) and Disabled: Free
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm
GPS Coordinates: N 5º 51.023' E 116º 04.162'
How to get there:
Take the Old Penampang-Papar Road via Donggongon, or the Putatan-Papar Road
Sabah Wildlife Department
Jalan Penampang-Papar Lama
W.D.T. No. 63