Nature Reserve was established by Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota
Kinabalu, in collaboration with the State Wildlife Department of Sabah in June
reserve is located within the resort’s forested hills and spans 64
acres. Its topography is ideal, with steep slopes gradually becoming gentler and forming a ridge. The highest point within the reserve stands at 95 metres above sea level.
hill is mainly covered by secondary forest growth, and outcrops can be seen along the ridge. There is an abundance of fruit trees that support various species
of birds and other smaller native animals within the reserve.
aim of the Nature Reserve is to enhance the conservation of the flora and fauna
that are native to Sabah. The animals relocated to the reserve are usually ones that were abandoned when they were young or domesticated by village folk and rescued by
officers of the Wildlife Department of Sabah.
Nature Interpretation Centre gardens feature indigenous herbs,
medicinal plants, shrubs and trees, and allow visitors to learn about native flora
before they first step foot on the trails. In the reserve itself, alien plants
and trees are continuously being replaced with native species. As the
indigenous vegetation takes over, increasing numbers of insects and other
creatures have made their way back to the reserve.