Kawag Recreation Forest is part of the 242,000 ha Class 1 (Fully Protected) Forest Reserve in the upper reaches of the Segama and Kinabatangan Rivers in the center of Sabah. The protected forest at Kawag is adjacent to the nearby Danum Valley Conservation Area. The forest at Kawag was logged some 30 years ago but many large trees remain and the forest is rapidly recovering as evidenced by the abundant wildlife. All photos by Anthea Phillipps.
This magnificent example of Ficus albipila, Borneo’s tallest fig tree, is growing along the Nature Trail near the tourist lodge at Kawag in the Ulu Segama-Malua protected forest on the edge of the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Ficus albipila is one of the rarest figs in Borneo with a few scattered records from the Kinabtangan flood plain in Sabah and SE Kalimantan. This is the first Sabah record away from the Kinabatangan.