Located at the northern portion of the island of Borneo, Sabah is one of 13 member states of Malaysia. It is the second largest state in the country after Sarawak, which it borders on its southwest.The island of Borneo, the third largest in the world after Greenland and Papa New Guinea, has been discovered by Chinese Explorers even before the first Century AD but no attempts have been made to conquer it.
One of the richest and most diverse collections of animal life were found in Sabah and are originally forest dwellers, linked in a complex web of relationships to the plant-life of the forest, an indication of how important the rainforest is for their survival, guaranteeing not only their habitat but their livelihood. Over half of Sabah is forested and almost all the the forest reserves with the remainder in parks and wildlife reserves and other protected areas, totalling 5,270 square kilometers. This park system, linked to a forward-thinking, eco-tourism policy, ensures that Sabah’s varied eco-systems and its wildlife can not only survive but can also be visited and appreciated with a minimum of disturbance.