EXPLORE Kinabalu Park with this slideshow, check the location map and get all the facts and information below.

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Factfile

Website Category: Mountains;
Area:  754 km2
Inscribed:  2000

Criteria:

  • Ecological processes (ix);
  • Natural habitat for biodiversity (x);
  • Significant number of rare, endemic and/or endangered species (x)

Location and Values: Kinabalu Park is located in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.  It is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia (4,095m), a granitic intrusion arising from tectonic movements in the Earth’s crust.  Despite its small size, the park supports an exceptional diversity of habitats and species, reflecting the wide range of altitude (152 – 4,096m) and its tropical location.  Plant communities are characteristic of particular altitudinal zones with species-rich lowland rainforest merging into montane and hill forest at higher elevations, with sub-alpine forest and scrub vegetation towards the summit of the mountain.  An estimated 5-6,000 higher plant species, including 1,000 species of orchids, occur in the park, together with the majority of Borneo’s mammals, birds and other animals.  Kinabalu is recognized as a globally important Centre of Plant Endemism, and provides sanctuary for many rare and endangered species.

Conservation Status and Prospects.  According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of Kinabalu Park is ‘good, with some concerns’. The IUCN report identifies a need for the introduction of a formal programme to monitor the status of the park’s biodiversity values, as well as increasing investment in community education activities to ensure local support for the long-term maintenance of these values. It also notes that an increase in the number of visitors requires greater management effort to mitigate tourism impacts and avoid degradation of the park environment. Further improvements in site interpretation would enhance the quality of visitors’ experience.

Links:
Google Earth
UNESCO Official Website
IUCN Conservation Outlook
UNEP-WCMC Site Description
Birdlife IBA

Slideshow description

The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Kinabalu Park, showing the mountain landscapes, the main vegetation types and habitats, plants and animals. Most of the photos were taken by Peter Howard during a visit in 1990, so this portfolio is rather old and limited. Nevertheless it gives a good general impression of the landscapes and diversity of habitats, including the spectacular granite rock faces and peaks around the summit of the mountain.   More recent photos will be available soon, so please come back again! And if you are in a position to contribute photos to update this page, please contact us!