Resident Naturalist Experience

Meet The Resident Naturalists

The Resident Naturalists are passionate about the environment, and their role is to educate and inspire our guests about the local flora and fauna, as well as to conduct outdoor activities.

Guests at Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu, will be able to participate in guided nature walks and wildlife spotting excursions led by our Resident Naturalists. Our Resident Naturalist will take you on an adventure through the reserve's surrounding forests, sharing their knowledge about local plants, animals, and ecosystems. They will also provide assistance to guests in identifying local flora and fauna, including birds, insects, and reptiles.

In addition to leading tours, our Resident Naturalists also conduct educational talks and workshops. They cover topics such as local culture and wildlife awareness and protection, helping guests gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation and sustainability.

The Resident Naturalist role is a critical part of our commitment to conservation and sustainability. They play an essential role in educating and inspiring our guests about the local environment and wildlife. We are proud to have such passionate and knowledgeable individuals as part of our team, and we look forward to sharing the beauty and biodiversity of our reserve with you.


Joined Nature Reserve in 2018 as a Ranger. Passionate as a Forest Guide and has the knowledge of native people, cultures, flora & fauna

Nature is the purest calibrator for our soul.


Joined Nature Reserve in 2017 as a Ranger. Passionate as a Forest Guide and has the knowledge on flora & fauna - reptiles and insects

Leave the roads, take the trails.


Graduated at Sidma College in Bachelor Hospitality & Tourism (Hon). Passionate with local cultures and natures with Insect & Butterfly expertise. Involvement in Corporate Social Responsibility for environmental program.

Keep learning and keep improving, you will always have something new to learn everyday


A Rasa Ria Reserve Resident Naturalist for more than 10 years. Previous experiences 5 years with UK Orangutan Appeal, 1 year with WWF Sabah based in Sandakan. Expertise and interest in exchanging ideas with people from diverse backgrounds and passionate about Birds & Primates.

Work hard and stay healthy.


Joined the Reserve as Sr. Animal Curator in 1st Sept 1998. Now as a Sr. Ranger. Has over 20 years involvement with Nature Conservation program at Rasa Ria and as well in Sabah. An Animal Curator at Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Sepilok, Sandakan and passionate about Mammals, Primates & Birds.

Make each day your masterpiece


The Senior Manager of Rasa Ria Reserve with 19 years of experience is very passionate and dedicated. Melvin enjoys sharing information about our flora & fauna in the reserve to our guest, the local community and students. Off duty, his loves playing badminton and watching documentaries about flora, fauna and history.

Appreciate mother nature & never stop learning


Started his love for nature as a Nature Guide & a Naturalist in Kinabatangan & Danum Valley since 2007. He join the Rasa Ria Reserve team in 2022. Loves sharing his knowledge and gaining knowledge from his surroundings and the people he meets.

Work hard,stay humble, be kind


Started as in intern a year ago in Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Razimie is a resilient and enthusiastic member of Rasa Ria Reserve. He find joy in the beautiful nature surrounding the resort. He enjoys sports and fishing outside of work.

Learn from mistakes, it will lead you to success.

Tips from Resident Naturalist

How to make the most out of your reserve experience?
How to spot creatures
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