Income was dwindling from his lifelong profession as a fisherman, but Mursalin Abdulla was determined not to sell his smallholding on Borneo’s Kinabatangan floodplain to developers. His resolve, boosted by neighbours and sympathetic supporters, has led to the creation of the Kinabatangan-Rasig Project. This 5.6-acre haven is an essential part of the migration corridor used by Borneo pygmy elephants and home to literally thousands of animal species, including orangutans, silver langurs, leopard cats, wild boars, crocodiles and hornbills, not to mention a vivid profusion of exotic tropical flora. Guests at Abdulla’s Sukau Rainforest Lodge take a short but stunningly scenic daily boat ride to the Project, where they can take part in eco-focused activities and immerse themselves in the dramatic jungle beauty of the surroundings. By staying here, they are combining an unforgettable experience with a genuine opportunity to support ecological preservation.
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