Breathe in the fresh jungle air and see how many wild animals you can spot. Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu, offers many opportunities to experience the unique natural wonders of Borneo.
In line with our commitment to biodiversity conservation, the group launched SANCTUARY, Shangri-La's project to care for nature.
Rasa Ria Resort & Spa features a 64-acre nature reserve with the Nature Interpretation Centre. In 1996, in partnership with the Sabah Wildlife Department, we launched a jointly managed orangutan rehabilitation and conservation programme that aims to rehabilitate the most iconic species in Sabah. We are pleased to announce the success of this support programme which involves the participation of the renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. All remaining orangutans at Rasa Ria's nature reserve will be relocated to Sepilok by April 2016.
Shangri-La’s Orangutan Care Project provides specialist care for orphaned orangutans in a sanctuary located within the resort’s private 64-acre nature reserve. Over the course of nearly 20 years, 43 orphaned orangutans have successfully completed the first phase of their rehabilitation under the care of trained rangers in the nature reserve before being moved to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Once orangutans complete the reintegration programme at Sepilok, they are released into the adjacent Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve.
Through the Orangutan Care Project, the resort has made extensive efforts to educate the public and increase awareness and understanding of the plight of these endangered primates. The programme has allowed close to 12,000 students from 276 schools in Sabah to gain a better understanding of orangutan conservation.
To celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer, we are expanding our conservation-related activities for guests. More resources are being focused on the 64-acre nature reserve to enhance activities, such as the existing canopy and night walks, and to add new ones that highlight the opportunities to enjoy unique nature, culture and adventure experiences at Rasa Ria Resort & Spa.