Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok continues to attract visitors

SANDAKAN: The unique species of plants and the pedestrian tree canopy attracts tourists from home and abroad to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok, near here.

Chief coordinator of RDC’s Environmental Education, Bernadette D. Joeman said 12,090 people, comprising 6,623 Malaysians, 5,001 foreigners and 466 visitors visited the centre in the first five months of this year.

Last year, a total of 31,894 people visited the RDC, comprising 17,729 (Malaysians), 13,530 (foreigners) and 635 (who entered without payment).

“RDC continues to receive a 4.5-star certificate of excellence for four years in a row from Tripadvisor.com. This is a positive sign portraying the RDC as an attractive natural environment recommended by visitors,” she told Bernama.

RDC set up by the Sabah Forestry Department and inaugurated by former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in August 2007, houses all types of tropical rainforests’ collections from around the world.

Bernadette said that at present there are four main buildings at RDC, namely the office, the rainforest heritage exhibition centre, environmental education activities hall, Keruing Cafe and Kabili Theatre.

She said the 100-m long canopy walkway would be extended to connect between the tower and the construction of an outdoor theatre hall with a capacity for 600 people,