Monday, October 13, 2008

Gomantong, largest limestone cave draws tourist

KINABATANGAN: The largest limestone cave in Sabah, Gua Gomantong, is not only a tourism attraction but also home to thousands of swifts, a bird famously known for its edible nest.

Hence, the cave plays an important role in Sabah’s production of bird’s nest.

It’s renowned for its high commercial value and is a favourite among the Chinese due to its medicinal significance.

Spread over 3,297 hectares of area, Gua Gomantong is located in the Gomantong Forest Reserve in Kinabatangan and is under the Class VI Forest Reserve Category.

In Sabah, there are about 25 limestone caves that are home to the swifts but only two have high number of the bird’s nest, namely Gua Gomantong and Gua Madai in Lahad Datu.

Gua Gomantong is under the care of the Kinabatangan Wildlife Office which is the authority in charge of the bird’s nest under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997.

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