One of the main reasons tourists come to Kuching and the island of Borneo is for the wildlife. Malaysia has more than 15 national parks, many of them situated in the biologically rich rain forests of the state of Sarawak.
Chances are, if you’ve come to Kuching for some wildlife viewing, you’re probably hoping to see Borneo’s most famous native resident, the Orangutan. Since the population of these primates on Borneo is considered endangered, it’s unlikely that you’ll spot one in the wild, but it is possible to see them at wildlife centers located near to the Sarawak capital, the Semonggok Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre being one of the best.
Of course, Orangutans aren’t the only fauna of Sarawak worth spotting. Bako National Park, an easy day trip from Kuching, is home to the odd-looking Proboscis monkey -- found only in Borneo, as well as leaf monkeys, macaque monkeys, flying squirrels, monitor lizards, wild boar and hundreds of species of birds.
Gunung Gading National Park, another park within day trip distance of Kuching, is most famous for having the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, but even if the 22-pound (10-kilogram) flower isn’t in bloom, it’s still possible to spot deer, porcupines, giant squirrels, civet cats, wild boar and several species of monkeys along the park’s hilly jungle trails.