Malaysia is home to of most delicious Asian cuisine, beautiful places, paradise-like beaches and so much more. Some places in Malaysia are heaven for nature lovers. From wildlife to beautiful landscapes, Malaysia has it all.
Catching photos of wildlife in action pays every traveler’s visit. There are too many places to visit in Malaysia if you want to get close contact with the animals. Out of the many locations to explore, here are 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia.
10 Wildlife Destinations in Malaysia
- Labuk Bay
- Tabin Wildlife Reserve
- Kinabalu Park
- Danum Valley
- Lambir Hills National Park
- Kinabatangan River
- Sipadan Island
- Gunung Relau
- Sungai Kilim Nature Park
1. Labuk Bay
Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
First in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is the mangroves of Labuk Bay. This place is home to more than the popular proboscis monkeys. Silvered leaf monkeys, slow lorises, hornbills, and otters are just some of the many species you can spot on a day at the sanctuary.
Visitors get to take photos of monkeys to close up at their mealtime. One of the great treasure of Malaysia.
2. Tabin Wildlife Reserve
Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tabin Wildlife reserve is home to various endangered wildlife such as the Borneo Pygmy Elephants, exotic birdlife, and Tembadau (a species of cattle found in Southeast Asia).
Tabin Wildlife Reserve is covered in lowland rainforest, Tabin nurtures and a colossal number of tropical plants.
3. Kinabalu Park
This park surrounds Mount Kinabalu, its highest peak is about 4,095 meters. Most of the animals especially the mammal species are found on the mountain live high in the trees.
A good zooming camera is an advantage to capture the beautiful animals high above the trees. It is a great spot for wildlife photography, animals include the orangutan, three kinds of deer, Malayan weasel, oriental small-clawed otter, leopard, and many more.
Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Cute orangutan are common in Sepilok. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan is one of the world’s four largest orangutan conservation areas. It is about 25 kilometers from the city of Sandakan deep in the pleasant tropical rainforest.
Adjacent to the orangutan center is another of Sepilok’s rehabilitation centers, the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center. Very few people know about the Bornean sun bear, which is the smallest kind of bear in the world.
5. Danum Valley
Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Being remote from human habitation and almost alien to modern civilization, Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise.
Danum Valley recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species such as Asian elephant, clouded leopard, banteng, proboscis monkey, orangutan as well as a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna.
6. Lambir Hills National Park
Life positively abounds in Lambir Hills National Park in Sarawak. You can find many different species of animals and plants here that have not yet been described.
You may also spot some of the 157 types of birds that live in the park as you wander the trails of this fascinating forest. Other wild animals here including Gibbons, Tarsiers, and even clouded leopards.
7. Kinabatangan River
The 560-kilometer Kinabatangan River is Sabah’s longest river, beginning in the Crocker Range in Southwest Sabah and ending at the Sulu Sea southeast of Sandakan.
The Kinabatangan River has gained a justified reputation as one of the top wildlife-watching destinations in Southeast Asia.
The lower basin of the Kinabatangan River has the largest wildlife habitats in Southeast Asia with pygmy elephants, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, rare birds, and many more.
8. Sipadan Island
The aquatic animals in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is Sipadan Island. This island Lies five degrees north of the equator in the Celebes Sea, Sipadan Island is internationally famous. With its over 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest ecosystem.
Sipadan Island has three popular dive sites such as Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point, and Hanging Gardens. Be ready with your underwater cameras to capture the most colorful underwater creatures.
9. Gunung Relau
Kampar, Perak, Malaysia
The Kampar Peninsula is bordered to the south by the Kampar river, and to the north by the Siak River and Selat Panjang. To the east, these two rivers join together, creating the wedge-shaped peninsula that is referred to as the Kampar peninsula. (Visit the best restaurants in Kampar)
This area is rich in wildlife, and most of them are rare animals of Malaysia, some other animals that can be seen in Gunung Relau are Wild Pigs, two species of deer, Sumatran tiger, clouded leopard, flat-headed cat, elephants, primates, bats, etc.
10. Sungai Kilim Nature Park
Last in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is Sungai Kilim Nature Park.
Sungai Kilim Nature Park is a 100sqkm protected mangrove swamp with mangrove forests, remote beaches, and blue lagoons. From the river banks up to the estuary, there is a good variety of flora and fauna here, ranging from the overhanging ‘bogak’ trees to iguanas, macaques, and tree crabs.
Hunting wildlife using a camera
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