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
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Location Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Coordinates 5°59′08″N 116°05′12″E / 5.9856°N 116.0867°E / 5.9856; 116.0867Coordinates: 5°59′08″N 116°05′12″E / 5.9856°N 116.0867°E / 5.9856; 116.0867
Area 24 ha (59 acres)
Established 1986

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 Kinabalu, Malaysia. 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, stabilizing sedimentation, storing nutrients and removing toxins.

This park features a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) or a 45 minute boardwalk which brings visitors deep into the mangrove jungle where the land meets the sea. This unique natural landscape give tourists a pleasant experience to enjoy fresh air and tranquility while bird-watching.[2]


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 lizards, fiddler crabs, mudskippers, weaver ants, butterflies and other insects, jellyfish, water snakes and mud lobsters.

How to get there[edit]

Coming from the city of Kota Kinabalu, travel along the Likas coastal highway until you reach the first roundabout at the Likas Bay. Keep right so that you can make a 3 o' clock turning in to Jalan Istiadat. Travel straight until you reach a cross junction with traffic lights. Before reaching the junction, you will see Likas Square building and Sabah Trade Center building on your left hand side. Remember to keep your vehicle at right lane and turn right after the junction in to Jalan Bukit Bendera Upper which also leads you to Signal Hill. The Bird Sanctuary site is only the third left junctions after the traffic lights.

Services available[edit]

  • Binoculars for rent
  • Souvenirs and books for sale


  1. ^ WWF Malaysia, A City Oasis, 28 December 2006. WWF Malaysia website, retrieved 14 December 2008 [1]
  2. ^ Asia Rooms

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