KOTA KINABALU – Who would have known there is an eco-treasure located at Sabah very own University; Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
The Marine Aquarium and Museum houses to more than 60 species of marine life is one of the key components of Marine BioValley dedicated to inspiring ocean conservation through education, research, innovation and exploration.
Last year, the Marine Aquarium and Museum attracted 34,404 visitors and 15 per cent out of them were international tourist.
“We have tourists from Japan, Korea, China and some parts of the European countries but most of the visitors are local mainly students who come here for their school trip,” said the Marine Aquarium and Museum Curator Flora Anne to SayangSabah.
Flora said that the museum offers a close viewing and experience of the preserved remains of the marine life.
“Here they can see and experience a live ambiance of marine life and enjoy the unique features offered by all of these beautiful marine species,” she said.
She stated by visiting the museum the public can have an understanding of the importance to preserve the marine life.
“When they come here the public can learn about marine species and hopefully will create a sense of awareness to the importance of these marine life to mankind,” she said.
The university has moved one step ahead to become the first higher learning institution in the country to offer eco-tourism tours to the public.
Apart from the Marine Aquarium and Museum; the eco-campus also open its unique pink mosque, Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC) Greenhouse and gallery to the public.
The Marine Aquarium and Museum is open on Monday to Friday and closed on Sunday and Public Holiday. For more information, the public can contact Borneo Marine Research Institute UMS at 088-320121 or email [email protected] – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah