Kinabalu Park World Heritage Site

National park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia

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Kinabalu Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Kinabalu Park
Map showing the location of Kinabalu Park
Location of Kinabalu Park in Malaysia
LocationSabah, Malaysia
Nearest cityKota Kinabalu, Tuaran (Tamparuli), Kota Belud, Ranau
Coordinates6°09′N 116°39′E / 6.15°N 116.65°E / 6.15; 116.65Coordinates: 6°09′N 116°39′E / 6.15°N 116.65°E / 6.15; 116.65
Area754 km2 (291 sq mi)
Established1964
Governing bodySabah Parks
Official nameKinabalu Park
TypeNatural
Criteriaix, x
Designated2000 (24th session)
Reference no.1012
State PartyMalaysia
RegionAsia-Pacific

Kinabalu Park (Malay: Taman Kinabalu), established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species,[1] and over 110 land snail species.[2]

Located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, it covers an area of 754 square kilometers surrounding Mount Kinabalu, which at 4,095.2 meters, is the highest mountain on the island of Borneo.

The park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. In 1967, more than 987,653 visitors and 43,430 climbers visited the Park.

  1. ^ Chilling out in a tropical destination Archived 23 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine. The Jakarta Post, 12 June 2011.
  2. ^ Liew, T.S., M. Schilthuizen & M. Lakim, 2017. The determinants of land snail diversity along a tropical elevational gradient: insularity, geometry, and niches. Journal of Biogeography, 37: 1071-1078

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