Borneo is a large island more than half of
which belongs to Indonesia (the Kalimantan region). The north western part of the island
belongs to Malaysia (the provinces of Sabah and Sarawak) and a very small part, on the
western part of the Malaysian region, is the independent kingdom of Brunei (known for its
This screensaver will show you images of
Sabah and its amazing wildlife.
The capital of Malaysian Borneo is called
Kota Kinabalu and was once known as Jesselton. Its name comes from Mt. Kinabalu (Kota
means town) which is the highest peak in South East Asia (13,455 feet above sea
|The second city is called
Sandakan, from which Sepilok, the well known Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center, is only a
short drive away (15 miles/25 km.).
||A short boat ride north towards
the islands on the border with the Philippines (25 miles/40 km.) lies Selingan, part of
the "Turtle Islands". This is one of the few places on earth where the female of
Green Sea Turtle leaves the Ocean to lay her eggs. The male never touches ground again
after hatching. This island is rigorously protected against poaching.
|To the south of Kota Kinabalu
and along the Kinabantangan river is probably the world's biggest colony of Proboscid
Monkeys (the monkeys with enormous noses).
Frequent open air markets can be
found all over this region. One very lively weekly market is at Kota Belud, where
bartering and haggling are commonplace.
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