Ficus variegata is one of Asia’s most widespread  and common fig trees found growing wild from China south to Northern Australia. In Borneo F. variegata  is common in both virgin  and secondary forests and attracts a vast array of mammalian dispersers including palm civets, binturongs, fruit bats, gibbons and macaques. The fallen fruit feed wild pigs and deer.

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This female Ficus variegata fig grows between the lake and the HQ building at the Maliau Study Centre in south central Sabah. The ripe fruit are eaten by Island Palm Civets  who visit at night.Ficus variegata Maliau 3Y3A2519.JPG

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There is abundant tame wildlife around the Maliau Basin Study Centre in south central Sabah including a herd of Sambar Deer, Bearded Pigs and Pig-Tailed Macaques.  All these animals are likely to eat the fallen figs and disperse the seeds of the  Ficus variegata that grows next to the lake.
At night Sambar Deer graze along the roadsides and on the padang next to the Maliau Study Centre.
A large troop of Pig-Tailed Macaques live in the forest next to the Maliau Study Centre.

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The Maliau Basin is in south central Sabah approximately six hours drive from Kota Kinabalu via Kimanis and Keningau including rest stops. There  are  two alternative  roads which  you can use to cross the Crocker  Range. Both are rich in sites  where you can see interesting figs. On a 4 day,  3 night round trip from Kota Kinabalu to Maliau you would be likely to  encounter  up to 100 different species of figs.  This would not be possible anywhere else in the world.