Meet the cute tarsier in the Danum Valley of Sabah

Danum Valley Conservation Area is one of the best wildlife experience Borneo has to offer. During night walks in the conservation, you can spot a nocturnal creature called the tarsier. The tarsiers are one of the smallest species of primates in the world with cute round and big eyes. Some researchers think the reason the tarsier eyes are so big are due to the fact that they do not have a reflective layer in the eye that most other nocturnal animals have.

Tarsiers hind legs have the ability to launch the creature from tree to tree. These creatures do not like to perch too high up the trees, so you can spot them perching on a tree 1.5 metres from the ground. Tarsiers inhabit lowland jungle so these primates can be found in most jungle in Sabah. 

Tarsiers are the only primate that are carnivorous as they eat on insects and reptiles. Tarsiers can be seen following a smarm of fire ants in the jungle. Ants will disturb the larger insects as they move through the leaf on the jungle bed, and as the larger insects fly away the tarsier will leap to eat its meal.


Get to know the Murut people in Sabah

The Murut people live deep inland in Northern Borneo, Sabah. They are renowned as a great hunter in the jungle using spears, blow pipes and poisoned darts. Now, they live a life of being a farmer and concentrate in agriculture. Today, many Muruts plant rice paddy and tapioca. Some Murut people opt to be a fisherman, while some remain in the field of hunting.

annah rais hot spring

Annah Rias Hotspring

The Annah Rias Hotspring has been around for 250 years, hidden away near the vicinity of Annah Rais longhouse settlers, and now the hotspring is open for public. 

The Annah Rais Hot Spring is a natural phenomenon due to the presence of underground water heated by geothermal conditions and then shoots above the ground. It later flows its hot water into Sungai Semadang or better known as Sungai Sarawak Kiri.

There are bamboo groves on both side of the river banks, giving the place a scenic view.

You can also see small fishes swimming in its water, as well as seeing small bubbles produce from the gas present in the hot spring.


The bird “Burung Tambun” that makes a sound of a cat!

The Megapode, also known as Burung Tambun lives in Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This bird likes to make cat sound, and it is very shy and sensitive to human presence.

To see this bird, you need go to Manukan Island very early in the morning. The reason being, as more tourist visit the island, these birds will go into hiding.

Make sure to keep a distance and be quiet as not to scare the birds away!

Suku Bajau Kota Belud

Bajau, the people with awesome skill in horse-riding

The Bajaus makes up Sabah’s second largest population. They reside in Kota Kinabalu up to Kota Belud and Semporna. Originally they were nomadic, sea-faring people. Now, the Bajaus are known for their many skills such as farming rice paddy, rearing water buffaloes, making boats and riding horses. They are known as “Cowboy Horsemen” of Sabah. 

The Bajaus often put on shows displaying their awesome skill in horse-riding during the annual ‘Tamu Besar’ Festival in Kota Belud.


The beautiful Manukan Island

The boomerang-shaped Manukan Island is the second largest island amongst the five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It has beautiful beaches and a good trail routes all around the island.

It has crystal-clear waters and a splendid marine life. This island is an excellent venue for all kinds of water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving or just relaxing on the beach.

You can also walk around the island, through its rainforest and wetlands.


Effort to create market for Bird’s Nest; there are 20,000 swiftlet house owners and farm in Malaysia

There are an estimates of 20,000 swiftlet house owners and farm operators in the country.

With the strong effort of Malaysians to create the market for Bird’s Nest, Kuala Lumpur plan to export raw and uncleaned (RUC) edible bird’s nest to China to create a stable price for Malaysian operators.

To achieve this in a sustainable manner, local swiftlet house owners and farm operators should comply with standard operating procedures set by both governments.

Gabungan Muhibah Walet Malaysia’s secretary Mohamad Azani Mohamad Zin said that bird’s nests are mostly exported via third countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam, and added that market price is expected to be more stable with direct export to China.

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry signed agreement protocols with China in 2016 and this enable the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia to evaluate Malaysia’s bird’s nest before export.

Dayak Orang Ulu

Getting to know the Dayak Orang Ulu

The term “Orang Ulu” brings the meaning of “people who live upriver” to describe the several tribes that live in Sarawak’s upriver area. The “Orang Ulu” consists of the Kayan and Kenyah tribes, aas well as the smaller neighbouring tribes of the Kajang, Kejaman, Punan, Ukit, and Penan. Now, the term “Orang Ulu” also includes the tribes who live down-river, Lun Bawang, Lun Dayeh. It also include Berawan, Saban who live far-upstream, as well as the plateau-dwelling Kelabits.

Orang Ulu makes up around 5.5% of Sarawak’s population. The Orang Ulu are considered artistic as their longhouses are decorated with murals and woodcarvings. They known for their beautiful beads handicraft and their meaningful tattoos. 

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