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


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

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