Kinabalu National Park - Ranau, Sabah

A Borneo's Birders Paradise, gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000. Cover 754 square km area, centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia; more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species. Fauna; some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occur in Sabah. Out of the 54 bird species that are endemic to Borneo, at least 17 are confined to the Kinabalu Park, such as the Friendly Bush Warbler, Whitehead’s Trogon, Fruit hunter, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Bornean Green Magpie and more.

Notable Sightings

05 June, 2013

  1. Whitehead’s Trogon. Bornean endemic that is always on the wish list of visiting birders. Sighted at the “S” curve of the Power Station road.
  2. Bornean Leafbird. Easily seen at the Rafflesia Forest Reserve but rare in Kinabalu Park. 1 pair seen in front of Visitor Centre (Liwagu).
  3. Whitehead’s Broadbill. another wanted Bornean endemic. Unfortunately only seen by 1 steward (Hamid Suban).

Route Map