The Semenggoh Nature Reserve lies just 20 km south of Kuching City. You will be taken to explore an area of 653 ha which includes both the Wildlife Centre (SWC) and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC). The main attraction of the reserve is the SWC, where over 20 orangutans are trained to fend for themselves before being released into the wild. They were once kept illegally as pets. Their training at SWC has made them accustomed to humans. Semenggoh is one of the few places in the world where we can observe these shy jungle cousins.
We then proceed to visit the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC), which is one of Sarawak’s leading state government agencies in research and development (R&D) on our rich biodiversity. Being located within the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, the participants will have the opportunity to hear about the rich biodiversity of the Borneon Tropical Rainforest. Participants will hear about efforts to document the Traditional Knowledge of the indigenous communities. The centre conducts Research and Development activities to derive therapeutic compounds from natural products extracted from the local plants and microorganisms.
After lunch, the group will proceed for High Tea at the Tropical Peat Research Laboratory (TPRL) Complex at Kota Samarahan. The Laboratory is the only Tropical Peat Research Lab in this region to undertake research and development on tropical peatland.