The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is located along the Penampang-Papar old road, about 25 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. It was officially opened to the public on the 17th of February 2007. The park is fully developed by the Sabah Wildlife Department.
The park is 280 acres in size and is made up of two parts; the zoological and the botanical side. The park’s main objective is to create a family-oriented park which puts in more emphasis on making it more of a children’s zoo. Among the many residents of the zoo are the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, Orang Utan, Proboscis monkey, Malayan Tiger as well as a few species of deer.
The botanical component offers visitors the chance to go jungle trekking along the botanical trail. The readily paved trail is approximately 1.4 kilometers long and the botanical component is about 200 acres in size. The aviary is a more lively section where you will hear myriads of sounds of the mynahs, greeting visitors who come to the park. At the aviary, there are many species of birds like the hornbill, pigeons, parrots, eagles, egrets and many more.
The children’s section of the zoo has pygmy elephants, ponies and goats. Children can enjoy elephant rides daily from 10.30am to 11.30am and from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Sabah has so many places of interest to offer to visitors. If you have only a limited time here, do make sure you spend it wisely. But if you are able to extend your stay, please do so. Accommodations in Sabah are plentiful and ranging from budget hotels to high-end ones.