Exploring Borneo’s Wildlife with Shangri-La Rasa Ria’s Resident Naturalists

As the anticipation builds for World Wildlife Day on 3rd March 2024, Shangri-La Rasa Ria stands at the forefront, proudly shining a spotlight on its team of Resident Naturalists.

These dedicated individuals play a crucial role in raising awareness and advocating for the conservation of native wildlife within the resort’s expansive grounds.

Discovering Sabah’s Natural Treasures

Nestled in the northern reaches of Borneo lies Sabah, a region renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes. Shangri-La Rasa Ria, situated within Sabah, boasts its very own nature reserve – the Rasa Ria Reserve.

Exploring Borneo's Wildlife with Shangri-La Rasa Ria's Resident Naturalists

This sanctuary offers guests a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in lush greenery while gaining insights into the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Remarkably, just 10 square kilometres of Sabah harbours more biodiversity than the vast expanses of North America and Europe combined.

Guided Adventures Through the Jungle

Led by the expertise of Shangri-La Rasa Ria’s Resident Naturalists, guests embark on exhilarating adventures through the reserve’s 64-acre tropical jungle. These knowledgeable guides not only facilitate encounters with a myriad of wildlife but also impart valuable insights into the intricate ecosystems that sustain them.

Exploring Borneo's Wildlife with Shangri-La Rasa Ria's Resident Naturalists

From the playful antics of long-tailed macaques swinging through the canopy to the elusive pangolin, revered for its distinctive scales, every corner of the jungle teems with life, captivating the hearts of wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Meet Sharon: A Local Steward of the Jungle

For Sharon, one of the esteemed Resident Naturalists, the jungle is more than just a workplace – it’s her home. Drawing upon her deep-rooted connection to the local area, Sharon shares her wealth of knowledge with guests, illuminating the wonders of native wildlife and plant species.

With a tenure at Shangri-La Rasa Ria since 2017, Sharon’s expertise shines brightest when discussing reptiles and insects, instilling a newfound appreciation for these often misunderstood creatures.

Thimothy: Championing Conservation Through Education

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism (Hon) from Sidma College, Thimothy embodies the intersection of passion and expertise. As a Resident Naturalist, he channels his love for the local culture and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility into enlightening guests about the intricacies of Sabah’s ecosystem.

Exploring Borneo's Wildlife with Shangri-La Rasa Ria's Resident Naturalists

Specialising in the realm of insects and butterflies, Thimothy unveils the fascinating world of these delicate creatures, with over 100 distinct species thriving within the confines of the Rasa Ria Reserve.

Educational Endeavours Towards Conservation

Beyond leading immersive jungle tours, Shangri-La Rasa Ria’s Resident Naturalists spearhead a range of educational initiatives aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of conservation and sustainability.

Through engaging talks and workshops, guests are enlightened on a myriad of topics, from indigenous culture and traditions to the imperative need for wildlife protection. By championing these values, Shangri-La Rasa Ria reaffirms its commitment to preserving Borneo’s natural heritage for generations to come.

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