In the eastern part of the island of Borneo lies Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah. It is known as the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia with an area of approximately 300,000 acres in the north-east of Lahad Datu town, south of the Segama River and north of the Silabukan Forest Reserve.
Tabin Wildlife reserve was founded in 1984 and has been declared a Wildlife Reserve due to the large number of animals frolicking in the forests, to which some being endangered species.
The Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau, which are the three largest mammals of Sabah, are all found within the reserve. There are nine species of primate and three species of cats in the forest, all of which are in the protected wildlife list.
There are 300 species of bird species coming from four different families recorded in the wildlife reserve. Tabin Wildlife Reserve has been listed as an Important Bird Area.
Another attraction point of Tabin Wildlife Reserve is the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, thus this very nature gift is the cause for wildlife and birds to visit for their mineral intake. This place becomes an ideal platform for people of all ages to participate in wildlife observation and bird watching.
For those who loves nature-based activities, they can go jungle-trekking, night safari, night walk, wildlife-spotting, birdwatching and involve themselves in rainforest education.