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Flora and Fauna along the Kinabatangan River

Most of the times, travellers to the Kinabatangan and Sukau make the effort to visit because it simply is the only place in Sabah or even in Borneo for that matter, that wildlife is so accessible. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is only 26,103 hectares in size and within this tiny area is a great variety of animals and flora, some endemic to Borneo and some endemic to the area itself.

The floodplain of this lower Kinabatangan is home to over 1,000 plant species, including those that are endemic to the area and Borneo.

Lower Kinabatangan Basin is also one of the only two areas in the world that hosts ten primate species.

The list includes: two prosimians (tarsier and slow loris); six Old World monkeys (pig tailed macaques, the proboscis monkey, silvered langur, maroon langur, and grey langur); one lesser ape (Bornean gibbon); and one great ape (orangutan).

90 fish species have been recorded and the discovery of the freshwater rays and sharks living miles upriver is a scientific find. The highly endangered estuarine crocodile (Corcodylus porosus), rare due to the excessive hunting in the past, but its numbers have bounced back due to their protective status and young animals are often seen along the riverbanks during the night safaris.

There are 50 mammal species including the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Sumatra rhinoceros. Four species of wild cats namely the clouded leopard, the leopard cat, marbled cat and flat-headed cat. The flying lemur is found here as well as a variety of bats, sunbears, civet cats, wild cattle and four species of deer namely sambar, grater mouse deer, barking deer and lesser mouse deer.

The fruit trees, plant diversity and water source in the area sustains about 200 bird species, which includes: oriental darter, also known as the snake bird, the purple heron, Bornean bristlehead and the threatened storm's stork and eight species of hornbills.

This great variety of wildlife and vegetation and the small "enclosure" is the reason as to why the Kinabatangan River and Sukau forest is a popular site for animal spotting.