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The Chief Minister of Sabah officially gazetted the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (Map 2 below) as a protected area on August 11, 2005 due to the high populations of wildlife and valuable forest habitat. The sanctuary is 26,000 hectares (260km2) divided into 10 lots. Through ongoing reforestation efforts we hope to expand this protected area and introduce valuable wildlife corridors to improve the health of the habitat.

There are seven villages within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, of which Abai is the most isolated (it can only be reached by boat). Abai village is located in the eastern part of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and is in close proximity to the largest 'Ramsar' (wetlands of international importance) site in Malaysia (Map 3). The area surrounding the village is highly biodiverse in forest habitat types and in wildlife, such as orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, long-tailed macaques, pygmy elephants, wild boar, monitor lizards, and crocodiles. In addition, the riverine and mangrove ecosystems near Abai are critical spawning waters for freshwater prawns and fish.

Map 3 (above) shows the 78,000 hectares of Mangrove Forest Reserves and Wildlife Forest Reserves located at the lower Kinabatangan-Segama region, which have been designated as a RAMSAR site in 2008. This is the first RAMSAR site in Sabah, and the classification covers the Trusan Kinabatangan, Kuala Segama-Maruap Mangrove Forest Reserve and the Kulamba Wildlife Forest Reserve, making it the largest RAMSAR site in Malaysia.



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Moido Waloi Homestay

Moido Waloi Homestay Abai lies closest to the mouth of the Kinabatangan River - a picturesque village of about forty houses and a grand population of a hundred people. Every home has a view of the river, with the exception of one which, because it sits on an elbow, has the river on both sides of it.

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