Being a primary virgin lowland forest reserve, it is not surprising that Sepilok is remarkably diverse in its native flora and fauna. One can behold the majestic towering dipterocarps or perhaps take note of the less imposing undergrowth members, right down to the ephemeral members of the fungi order.

The forest is home to a host of creatures, large and small, arboreal or terrestrial, and one would have missed much if one had not the eyes for the large numbers of birds, insects, lizards and even snakes all inhabiting the fringe areas of the forest reserve. Try to sight the various species raucous hornbills, the green tree vipers, or perhaps the rarely seen flying squirrels, or the flying lemur the colugo, gliding from the tree to tree at dusk.

The way to appreciate Sepilok in all its flora and fauna diversity is to have one's eyes tuned to more than just the showpiece members of both flora and fauna orders.

Having admired the great prowess of the orang utans swinging from the trees and vines, or the deceptively languid sun bears, the visitor should refocus attention to other lesser members of the forest, especially the multitude of birds at dawn or dusk.

No visit to Sepilok is complete without at least one night's stay in one of the lodges or hotels nearby. It is during the dusk and dawn periods that one can see and hear the myriad birds coming alive with their highly distinctive almost symphonic calls and tweets.

During the fruiting period of the fig trees, the four variety of hornbills to be found in the Sepilok reserve are commonly seen quietly feeding on figs, together with a multitude of other birds.


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