Danum valley conservation Area ( DVCA ), a 43,800 ha class I ( Protection ) Forest Reserve, is one of Sabah's last strongholds of undisturbed lowland dipterocarp forest. It is one of the world's oldest and richness and abundance flora and fauna, it is an ideal natural " laboratory " for reserch on tropical forrest ecology and conservation.
DANUM VALLEY FIELD CENTRE
Established in 1986, Danum Valley Field Centre is one of the three leading rainforest research centres in the world besides La Selva in Costa Rica and Barro Colorado Island in Panama. Primarily focused as a research center; it was not initially designed with tourists in mind, but over the years, the pleasure of staying at the centre has been extended to keen naturalists and independent travelers.
Approximately 80 kilometres west from Lahad Datu on Sabah’s east coast, the centre is easily accessible by road and the journey takes at least two hours. Among the inhabitants are more than 120 species of mammals including 10 species of primates such as the endangered Orang Utan, also probably the final frontier of the elusive Sumatran rhino. Other large mammals include the Bornean pygmy elephant, Banteng, Bornean sun bear, Sunda clouded leopard, Bornean bay cat, Binturong and many species of deer. Habitual grounds to 72 reptiles, 56 amphibians, more than 40 fishes and over 328 species of birds; including the Red-Crowned Barbet, eight species of pitta including the Fairy pitta and all eight species of hornbills found in Borneo.
Join our DVFC programs and immerse yourself in a variety of activities for that ultimate Bornean experience! Start early-morning wildlife observation as you climb up a tree-hide, take a dip into Segama river to escape the midday heat or catch one of Borneo’s best sunrises from atop Bukit Atur! For the adventurous, you may opt for longer treks to experience the 130-million year old Borneo’s tropical rainforest. And for the night owls, go for wildlife safari in a 4x4 open truck or night walk for a chance to spot some nocturnal wildlife.