Monday, 18 September 2017

KLIAS WETLAND: The everglades of Borneo (Part 1)

Klias Wetland

"That's because the government didn't stop the developers from clearing the wetlands" Maniam added. "To them, wetlands are wastelands. These areas are turned into real estate developments. How many local and endemic species, which might be unique and endangered, would be lost forever due to the damage they created" Frederick said. THE EURASIANS Chapter 49 Page 215

Visitors watching Proboscis monkeys on coconut tree
Boat ride along the river
According to Wikipedia, a wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristic of a distinct ecosystem. Among the most famous one in the world are Pantanal (South America covering about 150,000 square kilometer), Kakadu Wetland in Australia and Okavango in Botswana. In United States, 20% of Florida are covered with wetlands. In North Borneo (Sabah), we have many wetlands; but one of the most famous is the Klias Wetland.

Tropical forest along the bank of the river
Klias Wetland is about 112 kilometer from Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu) and it takes at least 2 hours to reach here from the city. It is located in the midst of the mangrove forest reserve surrounded by thousands of hectares of wet grassland just like the Florida Everglades. This is one spot that visitors or tourists should not miss if they visit North Borneo (Sabah). There are a lot of interesting things to see, but as I have said before, we don't know how long more we can continue to see these magnificent wonders. All these might disappear in the future; for example, the Pygmy Rhino of Borneo had officially became extinct not too long ago.

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