June 24, 2010

My Final Blog From Borneo

After visiting the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center and the Rainforest Discovery Center, Sophie, Memrie, and I traveled by plane to Kota Kinabalu, situated on the tropical island of Borneo.  This modern city faces the South China Sea and is the state capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah.  After landing, we were escorted to Sutera Harbour Marina, where we boarded a boat and set off for the Marine Eco Research Center at Gayana Eco Resort on Gaya Island.  We learned so much about the revival of giant clams and the importance of restoring natural coral reefs.  We even got to propagate our own pieces of coral.  Then it was back in the boat for a lovely sunset cruise returning to Kota Kinabalu, where we had dinner hosted by Datuk Masidi Manjun - Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Sabah.