Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

June 18-24, 2011

General Information

  • Who should attend this symposium?

  • The symposium is open to students, scientists, naturalists, conservationists and others interested in Bornean carnivores. At the end of the symposium, we plan to hold a two day internal meeting with the appropriate governmental authorities, non-governmental organizations working in the range countries and the private sector involved in forest management to deliver the findings of the symposium to the stakeholders and to work on the first steps for regional action strategies and plans.

  • Organizers

  • The symposium is organized jointly by the Sabah Wildlife Department, the IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore, Cat and Otter Specialist Groups and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. The Sabah Wildlife Department has graciously agreed to host this symposium. We assume that the unique combination of a governmental institution, in collaboration with the three main IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups concerned with carnivores on Borneo, as well as an independent research institute and the support of other NGOs, will serve as a suitable example for other regions working on the conservation of threatened wildlife species.

  • Location - Kota Kinabalu

  • The city of Kota Kinabalu often referred to as KK, is the state capital of Sabah. Located on the fringes of the South China Sea, Kota Kinabalu is the bustling and colourful gateway to Sabah and to Bornean carnivores. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies on one side and Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, with the highest mountain on Borneo Gunung (= Mount) Kinabalu, is located on the other side, just 90 km from the city. Kota Kinabalu features numerous restaurants, cafes, and pubs with many tourist attractions in and around the city. More information can be found at www.kotakinabalu.com.

  • Venue

  • The first 4 days of the symposium will be held at the Palace Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. The Palace Hotel, beautifully situated amidst tropical greenery, is in walking distance from the city center and just a 10 minute drive from the international airport.

    The latter portion of the symposium (June 22-24) will take place at Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort. The resort is set on Pantai Dalit beach, just south of Kota Kinabalu, and is surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation featuring a unique nature reserve.

  • Registration

  • We invite you to register for the symposium here. Those of you who pre-registered for the symposium will receive a personalized link/password to access your information and effect full registration. Those of you who pre-registered and applied for a scholarship will be contacted by the symposium organization concerning the outcome of your application – please do not register until you have heard from us.

    We decided to extend the deadline so late registrations will be possible until June 10. Please note that due to our arrangements with Palace Hostel it may not possible to respect your room choices if you register after 15th May.

    The costs of participating in the symposium are as follows:

      Cost ( MYR / US $ )
    (before Dec. 31, 2010)
    (Jan. 1, 2011 - May 15, 2011)
    Participants from the range countries * 600 / 180 900 / 270
    Participants from other countries 800 / 240 1200 / 360
    Students from the range countries * 300 / 90 500 / 150
    Students from other countries 500 / 150 750 / 230

    * Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia & Malaysia

    Registration fees include:

    • Conference folder
    • The Meeting Package - coffee, tea and snacks during the breaks and set lunch for 3 days (June 19-21, 2011)
    • Copies (incl. shipping) of the Special Issues of the IUCN Specialist Group Journals produced during the symposium.
    • Welcome Icebreaker (June 18)

    Dinners & Party:

    If you plan to stay at the Palace Hotel during the symposium, dinners are included in your room rates. Otherwise, you have the option of joining the other symposium attendees for dinner at the Palace Hotel. In addition, we will host a symposium party on the 21st of June. Prices for these events are:

    • Dinner buffets, June 19 & 20 - 50 RM (US $18.00) / per day
    • * Dinner/Party, June 21 - 120 RM (US $36.00)
    • * 50 RM (US $18.00) for students

  • Accommodation

  • We hope that most of the participants are able to stay at the venue, so that discussions can be continued during the dinner and possibly later at the bar. We have negotiated specially discounted room rates with the Palace Hotel. Rates are 240 RM (US $79.00) per person per night for single standard deluxe rooms, and 140 RM (US $46.00) per person per night for shared double rooms. Of course, sharing rooms would reduce your expenses, so please indicate on the registration form if you would like to share your room and if you have a preferable roommate. The room rates include breakfast and dinner. In the case that you prefer another hotel, you have the option to join the other symposium attendees for dinner at the Palace Hotel for 50 RM (18 US$) per night.

  • Internet Access

  • The conference participants will have access to the WiFi system of the venue. WiFi is available in the foyer and the meeting rooms. Wired internet access is available in the rooms at the Palace Hotel.

  • Post-conference Excursion

  • If you are interested in the post-conference excursion please contact us at bcs2011@izw-berlin.de as soon as possible. Bookings for the post-conference excursion have already been made, but we might be able to arrange your additional participation.

    We are very happy to provide participants of the Borneo Carnivore Symposium with an opportunity to experience the beautiful nature of Sabah and, of course, to encounter some of Bornean carnivores. Together with the community based ecotourism organization Red Ape Encounters, we have scheduled a 4 days / 3 nights special carnivore programme at the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Following the stay at the Kinabatangan River the tour continues to the well-known Danum Valley Field Centre for 3 days / 2 nights. On Monday the 27th June the tour ends in LahadDatu, but we are happy to arrange flights back to Kota Kinabalu upon request. As you can see in the itinerary below we have scheduled a programme full of exceptional activities which can only be realized due to our special partners. As this is a post carnivore-conference tour we made sure that special activities and chances to spot Bornean carnivores such as extended night spotlight tours are included in the programme.

    Please note that the invited participants of the 2nd PART of the symposium will only be able to visit the Danum Valley Field Centre, due to the conference activities scheduled between the 22nd and the 24th June.

    The costs for the first 4 days / 3 nights (Kinabatangan) largely depends on the number of participants, but we expect the costs to be only around 500 USD. These costs include the bus transfer Kota Kinabalu – Sukau, Sukau – LahadDatu, all activities with experienced guides, accommodation in double rooms and all meals (for further information see the itinerary). The costs for the second part of the excursion 3 days / 2 nights (Danum Valley) will be only 300 USD. This includes the bus transfer LahadDatu – Danum – LahadDatu, all activities with experienced guides, accommodation and all meals (for further information see the itinerary).

    Please be aware that the number of participants is limited to 20 people.

  • Itinerary for Excursion to Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (PART 1)

  • 4 days 3 nights; 22 – 25 June 2011

  • Day 1 (22nd June 2011): Kota Kinabalu to Sepilok, Sandakan

  • Overland drive to Sepilok, Sandakan, with a stopover at Kinabalu National Park for a guided nature walk and for lunch. After visiting the Orang Utan rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok our tour proceeds further to Sukau. After dinner in pitch darkness, we will take off for a night river cruise. We will listen to the sound of the river and rainforest. Each boat is equipped with a strong light with which your nature guide will spot nocturnal creatures such as the Buffy fish owls, crocodiles, and of course we will watch out especially for nocturnal carnivores. A great way to spend a night in the Kinabatangan!

    Overnight at the Sukau B&B
  • Day 2 (23rd June 2011): Sukau

  • The morning cruise leaves at 6.30 am to an oxbow lake. This oxbow lake is like a crescent shaped lake lying alongside the Kinabatangan river. The lake was created over time and separated from the main river as erosion and deposits of soil changed the river’s course. It is an important breeding ground for fresh water fish and regularly otters can be observed there. The serene and quiet lake is the best place for bird watching. After lunch our adventure continues with cruising to the Orang Utan study site. Orang Utan, the local name for these red apes, are usually active in early morning or afternoon. Our nature guides, who are also trained research assistants with vast knowledge on Orang Utan behaviour and conservation, will trek with you to the study site to look for the red apes. This educational tour is scheduled for about half a day. We will later return to the base for dinner. You will be at leisure until the evening, when we will take off to another night cruise in search for nocturnal animals.

    Note: There is no guarantee of sighting Orang Utans at the study site because these are wild primates that move freely in the forest. Departure time may change depending on the best possibility to view Orang Utans
    Overnight at the Sukau B&B
  • Day 3 (24th June 2011): Sukau

  • We proceed for another morning and afternoon detour to one of the tributaries to search for other wildlife of the Kinabatangan. Along the tributaries lots of animals can be observed especially troupes of the famous long-nosed Proboscis monkeys. After dinner we will offer another night cruise.

    Overnight at the Sukau B&B
  • Day 4 (25th June 2011): Sukau

  • At 7am after breakfast, we will leave for LahadDatu.


  • Itinerary for Excursion to Danum Valley Conservation Area (PART 2)

  • 3 days / 2 nights - 25th – 27th June 2011

  • Saturday 25th June

    12:00 midday Rendezvous in LahadDatu with the group from the Kinabatangan Tour and the 2nd part conference participants
    12:30 Lunch in LahadDatu (Dovist Restaurant)
    13:30 Transfer to Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC)
    15:30 Stop at Global Atmespheric Watch Station (en route to Danum Valley) and observation point – views over the Danum Valley Conservation Area and surrounding forests
    16:30 Arrive at Danum Valley Field Centre, check-in and light refreshments
    18:00 Briefing on DVFC and its research programme (Dr Glen Reynolds)
    19:00 Dinner
    20:30 Wildlife-spotting night drive
  • Sunday 26th June

    5:30 Optional birding walk (along Danum Road)
    07:30 Breakfast
    08:30 Trek to Sungai Tembaling Waterfall – approx. 4 – 5 hours round trip (packed lunch in the forest)
    14:00 Return to DVFC
    15:00 Depart DVFC for the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL)
    15:45 Stop en route to BRL at the Canopy Walkway
    16:30 Arrive at BRL – optional short trek on Nature Trail
    19:00 Dinner at BRL
    21:00 Night drive from BRL to Sungai Segama Bridge, return to DVFC
  • Monday 27th June

    5:30 Optional birding walk (along Danum Road)
    07:30 Breakfast – free period after breakfast
    10:30 Depart DVFC for LahadDatu
    14:40 Suggested flight from LahadDatu to Kota Kinabalu (MH3019)