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Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu

Located along the stunning white sand beach of Pantai Dalit, Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu is just 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 35 minutes from the city’s shopping and commercial district. The resort is surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical forest that includes a nature reserve where many of Borneo’s unique flora and fauna can be found.

Rasa Ria Reserve

The Rasa Ria Reserve is a 64-acre tropical jungle nestled between two rivers and the South China Sea. With unobstructed views of Sabah’s iconic Mount Kinabalu - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - this reserve acts as a gateway to the lush natural landscapes of Borneo for hotel guests.

The Rasa Ria Reserve is divided into two distinctive zones - Nature Reserve and Adventure Point. The dedicated 64-acre nature is home to numerous plants and animals endemic to Borneo while the Adventure Zone is an experiential play space the recreates animal species along with experiential pieces like a climbing wall to encourage the development of body and the mind through immersive experinces.

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At the heart of the Rasa Ria Reserve is a Discovery Centre that educates through tactical exhibitions. The rangers nurture the reserve with the maintenance of the natural surroundings to ensure that fauna and flora continue to thrive. They also offer an opportunity to witness these endemic species through guided walking trails.

The Rasa Ria Nature Reserve was established by Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in collaboration with the State Wildlife Department of Sabah in June 1996. The primary purpose of setting up this protected ecological space was to help facilitate rehabilitation programmes for endangered species of fauna endemic to Sabah.

The orangutan rehabilitation programme was the reserve’s first and most successful project. It played a crucial role in providing the necessary habitat for orangutans rescued from various districts on the west coast and interior areas of Sabah. The Nature Reserve also provides educational programmes for local students and those from across Sabah. It actively conducts nature awareness and learning programmes for visitors from all over the world.

The reserve’s focus on rescue and rehabilitation work as well as education and awareness programmes over the next 20 years after its establishment saw a marked reduction in the number of orangutans sent to the reserve for care. In 2016, the reserve ended its orangutan rehabilitation programme after successfully returning 43 orang utans to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan to be released into the wild, and refocused its energy in providing the best possible environment for the remaining fauna that have come to call the reserve their home.

Conservation Project Milestones

Conservation projects initiated by Rasa Ria Reserve over the last 20 years have evolved from its primary role as a rehabilitation centre for orang utans to habitat enrichment, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, environmental education and awareness. Its long-term commitment to preserving nature for the future is a testament to how, given the right foresight and determination, the environment and people can live together in harmony.

The new development phase of Rasa Ria Reserve will see a continued strengthening of its collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department through its animal rescue unit, tree planting initiatives with resort guests and school students, and educational visits and projects for students to enhance their awareness and responsibility towards nature conservation.

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