The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment which is in charge of the Sabah Wildlife Department runs the famous Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The park is spread over an area of 280 acres, inclusive of the Botanical Site under the management of the Sabah Forestry Department and the Zoological Site.
What is the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Kota Kinabalu?
The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Kota Kinabalu is mainly a mini zoo along with a botanical garden. An exquisite variety of tropical animals found only in Borneo, with the inclusion of reptiles, birds and mammals. The unique point of this park is that it is designed around the natural habitat and is a spacious and open space with natural barriers like glass enclosures, camouflaged fences and virtual walls give the visitors a thoroughly fulfilling experience of watching the animals roam about in their natural habitat. Wildlife is at its best when it is left in its natural habitat and if you’re into wildlife then a visit to the park is one of the best things to do in Kota Kinabalu as well.
The main theme of the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Kota Kinabalu is featured around it being a family oriented one. It is designed to house facilities that will attract full families with the inclusion of animal shows and the Children’s Zoo for their fun and entertainment. The species reared and showcased here are strikingly interesting and attracts public demand because they are either endangered or weirdly unique.
People of all ages, harbouring a soft corner for animals or either having a passion to observe wildlife will surely find this place worth visiting. The Sumatran rhinoceros, The Orangutan, the Proboscis monkeys, the Malayan tigers, extremely colorful Hornbill birds, rare species of deer and last but not the least Borneo Pygmy elephants all constitute the exquisite variety of animals housed at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.
The Borneo Elephant ride is a main attraction at the zoo, as it is a fun-filled experience. The Lok Kawi Wildlife Animal Show is also held here, which has increased the popularity and rating of this park. By arranging such events, the management of the park aims to create and inculcate a sense of responsibility and awareness related to endangered species and how they can be preserved to sustain wildlife in its most viable form.
The fact that the zoo is well-maintained, the RM 10 ticket for locals & RM 20 for non-Malaysian which they charge is quite reasonable and worth the price. And the drive from the KK main city is of approximately 25-30 minutes. The taxi fare is approximately RM 25 to 30. Drive there if you have your own car or taking cab is the only way to get to the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Kota Kinabalu.
Location and Contact:
Lok Kawi Wild Life Park Kota Kinabalu is located in Putatan, Sabah. It is 30 mins taxi ride from the main city of Kota Kinabalu. You can contact the park at +60 88-765 710 or +60 88-765 793.