Education * Cultivation* Conservation

The Borneo Fig Project is based at and managed by the staff of the Sabah Ficus Germplasm Centre (SFGC)   based at  the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) compound at Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo ( )

There are approximately 150 species of figs in Borneo ( Fig ecology research indicates that figs provide an essential staple diet to much wildlife in Borneo and the population of many of Borneo’s mammals e.g. orangutans, gibbons, hornbills, civets and mouse deer is correlated with the density of fig plants.

Background: A wild fig orchard has been established at Tabin, originally to feed the captive rhinos at Tabin. Fig saplings and cuttings are now being supplied to wildlife lodges, oil palm estates and re-afforestation projects for habitat enrichment to benefit wildlife throughout Sabah .

Future Objectives

 To develop the BORA compound as a center of excellence for wild fig cultivation and ecological education in Borneo.

 To establish a fig botanic garden at BORA  to aid scientists researching into fig ecology, and to act as a living gene bank of Bornean fig species.

 To extend knowledge about growing figs by developing educational materials and providing technical advice on fig growing.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: By contributing to our fig planting and educational programs at sites in Borneo.


John Payne, executive director BORA: sabahpayne (at),

Zainal Zahari Zainuddin: BORA site manager and veterinarian: zainalz.bora(at),

Quentin Phillipps: Technical Advisor: quentinphillipps(at),

Tom Hewitt (Adventure Alternative Borneo) Fund Raising: tom(at)