Sabah is one of 13 member states of Malaysia, and is its easternmost state. It is located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. It is the second largest state in the country after Sarawak, which it borders on its southwest. It also shares a border with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south. In spite of its status as a Malaysian state, Sabah remains a disputed territory; the Philippines has a dormant claim over much of the eastern part of the territory. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton. Sabah is often referred to as “Land Below The Wind”, because of its location just south of the typhoon-prone region around the Philippines.

The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous, containing the three highest mountains in Malaysia. The most prominent range is the Crocker Range which houses several mountains of varying height from about 1,000 metres to 4,000 metres. At the height of 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South East Asia . The jungles of Sabah are classified as rainforests and host a diverse array of plant and animal species. Kinabalu National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 2000 because of its richness in plant diversity combined with its unique geological, topographical, and climatic conditions.

National or state park areas in Sabah are under the protection of Sabah Parks. Other reserves or protected areas are under the governance of the Sabah Forestry Department and Sabah Foundation.

Kinabalu Park – the highest mountain in Southeast Asia with an altitude of 4,101 metres (13,455 ft)

Tabin Wildlife Reserve – Stronghold for rare large mammals like Bornean elephantSumatran rhinocerosBornean banteng and Bornean clouded leopard

Danum Valley Conservation Area – another important reserve for large mammals of Borneo, including Bornean orang-utan

Turtle Islands Park – conservation efforts for endangered sea turtles

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – A national park consisting of five islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu

Sipadan Park – Located near Semporna, the oceanic island of Sipadan has a very rich underwater ecosystem.

Pulau Tiga Park
Crocker Range Park
Tawau Hills Park