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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

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Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Map showing the location of Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Map showing the location of Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
Map of East Malaysia
LocationKota KinabaluSabahMalaysia
Coordinates5°59′08″N 116°05′12″ECoordinates5°59′08″N 116°05′12″E
Area24 ha (59 acres)
Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is 24 hectares (59 acres) of the only remains of mangrove forest that once existed extensively along the coastal region of Kota KinabaluMalaysia. Previously known as Likas Swamp or Likas Mangrove and later Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary, the Centre came foremost out of 20 wetlands selected by the Sabah Wetlands Inventory Committee in 1986.[1]
The Centre is an important refuge and feeding ground for many species of resident birds, as well as several migratory bird species from Northern Asia. In addition, it is a breeding ground for marine life protected by the Fishery Department of Sabah.
Apart from providing shelter and food for both resident and migratory species of wildlife, wetlands also prevent salt build-up in surrounding freshwater supplies, stabilising sedimentation, storing nutrients and removing toxins.


Birds from around the globe, including non-breeding winter visitors, are commonly sighted at the sanctuary, especially during migratory season of Asian birds (i.e. Sept-April).
Common visitors

Rare sightings

Year-round residents
Other mangrove wildlife includes monitor lizardsfiddler crabsmudskippersweaver antsbutterflies and other insects, jellyfishwater snakes and mud lobsters.


  1. Jump up^ WWF Malaysia, A City Oasis, 28 December 2006. WWF Malaysia website, retrieved 14 December 2008 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 2008-12-14.

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