Sunday, January 11, 2015

Attenborough documentary sheds light on unique Borneo wildlife

KOTA KINABALU: The launch of British naturalist Sir David Atten­borough’s documentary film Con­quest of the Skies will bring Sabah tourism to greater heights, said state Tourism, Culture and En­vi­ron­ment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said the documentary would boost Sabah as an eco-tourism destination and create more spin-off jobs for the local tourism industry.

Attenborough’s documentary, which debuted on New Year’s Day, shows a variety of insects and animals with bones that have evolved to fly.

One segment of the documentary shows, among others, flying reptiles such as frogs and snakes in Borneo.

The film also analyses gliding reptiles, parachuting mammals, acrobatic insects and the exquisite and intricate aerial world of birds on location at a number of locations all over the world.

Masidi said the state government was also expecting a larger number of Australian and British war veterans to visit Sabah to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In his New Year’s message in the Sabah tourism magazine, Masidi said many visitors came to Sabah to see nature.

He added that the state would create more policies to protect and promote conservation.