Malaysia has several internationally recognised ecotourism sites and activities.  For example, at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre orphaned orang utans re-adapt to forest life.  Most have been separated from their mother or isolated during forest clearing.  Visitors can see and learn about them in a natural forest setting.  Also in Sabah, Kinabalu Park visitors who climb one of Southeast Asia’s highest peaks can see and admire rare montane plants.  Trained local guides in this UNESCO World Heritage Site pass on their intimate knowledge of the mountain and the need for all visitors to participate in its protection and conservation so that future generations of climbers can also appreciate this delicate ecosystem. 

In the Lower Kinabatangan River of Sabah, tourists can experience a working example of sustainable tourism.  Proboscis monkeys and a variety of bird life can be seen in an undisturbed setting.  Accommodation facilities are basic though comfortable and mostly sympathetic to their rainforest location. 

World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWFM) has called for proper management of ecotourism in the Kinabatangan.  They would like the 27,000ha Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary to be left unexploited with strict management of its resources to establish long-term sustainable tourism products. 

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