BIOLOGY & CONSERVATION
Gayana Island’s Marine Ecology Research Centre
Gayana Island’s Marine Ecology research centre. Merc is a learning, research, educational and rehabilitation centre. It detail’s the increasing threats on marine life, combating its effects by returning to nature to what was previously destroyed. Students will enjoy a full day guided tour program.
Full Day Program
Students will embark on a short boat through the crystal clear waters off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Upon arriving at the island, student’s will take a short tour around Gayana Eco Resort and then proceed to the Marine Ecology Research Centre. Then proceed to watch an educational video about MERC and then take a tour of the aquarium and touch tanks, with interesting explanations of creatures living in the ocean. The students will then plant and adopt there very own piece of corals, playing a small part in restoring vibrant life back to the damaged ocean floors.
Then after, proceed for a kayak and snorkelling tour,paddling deep into the mangroves of the island to discover there important role in the marine ecology system and getting a good view of the various living organism on the seabed. Our final part of the tour is a visit to the giant clam garden and eco resort fish farm which supports environmental sustainability by supplying the resort with organic farm raised fish.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre is a sun bear rescue and rehabilitation facility. Malayan sun bears are the smallest bears in the world and are only found in Southeast Asia. These bears continue to be threatened by forest degradation, illegal hunting for bear parts and poaching to obtain young cubs for pet trade. The facility includes large forest enclosures to provide a natural environment suited to the needs and welfare of the sun bears and facilitate their rehabilitation back into the wild. Students can learn about sun bears and observe them in their natural habitat.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
A trip to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia offers you a rare opportunity to see this endangered species, which Orangutans are only found in Borneo and on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The words “orang utan” are Malay for “people of the forest” as humans have long recognized the close link with our orange cousins – an ape that shares 96.4% of our DNA. The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, the world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation center, aims to returned orphaned, injured or displaced Orangutans back in to the wild in Sabah, Borneo. To date, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary have successfully released many Orangutans back in to the surrounding Kabili-Sepilok Forest, near Sandakan. Students will follow a guided boardwalk that will lead you to the Feeding Platform, having a chance for you to explore the lowland rainforest trees. Witness the feeding of Orangutans, watch the scheduled video programme about the Orangutan at the Nature Education Centre and pay a visit to the Exhibition Hall.
Tropical Biology and Conservation Borneensis Gallery
The Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation is a research institute of University Malaysia Sabah to promote and carry out research on the biodiversity of tropical flora and fauna. The Borneensis Gallery is a reference centre for the research, teaching and learning about Biodiversity in Borneo. Students will enjoy a half day program. The aim of the program is to expose students to the diversity of life and organism in Borneo. We begin with a guided tour of the Borneensis gallery. We then proceed for a short jungle trek upto UMS Signal Hill with being exposed to the various flora and fauna. Our final activity of the program is participating with the institute’s lecturers on selected topics in regards to the biodiversity in Sabah nature tourism and sustainable management of natural resources.
The largest cave in Sabah and home to millions of bats and swiftlets. Students will learn about cave ecology & sustainability of the bird nest industry, The edible nest swiftlet is an insectivorous bird that patrols the skies by day, then retreats to the security of the cave chamber at night. The waxy secretion it uses to build its nests in the cave is the source of the famous Chinese “bird nest soup”. The WWF has described Gomantong as “the best managed edible bird’s nest cave in the world”, and historical records have traced it as the source of this precious delicacy to the Chinese emperors centuries ago.