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Thursday January 26, 2012

Tower over Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU: A 33m-high tower is set to become an attraction in the east coast district of Lahad Datu which is the gateway to the Tabin wildlife reserve and Danum Valley.

The RM1.8mil structure dubbed Menara Kayangan Lahad Datu (Tower of Heaven) on the 880m Mount Silam provides a bird's eye view of the picturesque Darvel Bay.

The tower, which will be opened next month, is located within the Sepagaya forest reserve, about 10km from Lahad Datu town.

View from the top: The Menara Kayangan Lahad Datu offers a bird’s eye view of the scenic Darvel Bay.

Sabah Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan said pamphlets on the various natural attractions of Mount Silam had been prepared.

“The guide provides an overview of the different forests in Silam as well as the rich and unique plants and animals that they house,” he said, adding that an information centre and a 2km nature trail to the summit of the mountain were in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Mannan said the department's 7ha man-made forest surrounding its headquarters in Sandakan district was now home to at least 48 bird species.

“When greening work to convert this former rubber plantation into a forest patch of mixed species began in 2002, birds were far from our mind.

“The increasingly active birdlife has caught my attention,” he said, adding that the department had produced a booklet of the bird species commonly seen in the area.

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