KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s beauty and wildlife is set to get more international publicity with the presence of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) UK presenter Kate Humble in the state’s east coast.
Humble was commissioned by the Daily Telegraph UK to write a piece for the newspaper on Sabah’s famed wildlife.
Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and Malaysia Airlines are jointly hosting the international wildlife presenter, who is currently on a nine-day wildlife adventure tour of Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Deramakot.
Humble’s trip to Sabah is a special initiative by travel consultants Wildlife Worldwide UK to feature Sabah as a wildlife expedition package for UK travellers. The package is expected to take off later this year.
The highlight of the wildlife expedition will be the presenter’s mission to see and learn about the elusive clouded leopard, which can only be found deep in the rainforests of Sabah.
Humble was at the Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation centre as well as the Borneo Sun Bear conservation centre (BSBCC), where she had the chance to meet and share insights with Dr Wong Siew Te, founder of the centre.
“This place (Sepilok) is extraordinarily well set up for travellers like me,” said Humble, who was also pleased to see locals visit the centre.
“To be able to see six to seven species of mammals within the hour, half during the night walk at the rainforest discovery centre, is really special,” she added.
Meanwhile, STB general manager Suzaini Sabdin Ghani looks forward to reading Humble’s article, adding it will attract more people from other parts of the world, particularly the UK, to visit Borneo.
“We hope more British travellers will select Borneo as their wildlife holiday destination,” she said.
Suzaini, who took over as general manager on Jan 1 this year, also wants more international presenters to experience the state as they have a strong influence on travellers from western countries to come or visit Sabah again.