Sabah will soon also be home to dinosaurs that have been extinct for millions of years.
Home in this case is Jurassic Land Kiulu, a dino-themed family park in Kiulu in the Tuaran district, which is to be launched soon by three friends with a shared passion for creatures that are now extinct.
Set against the lush green backdrop of the Kiulu countryside, the park is set to draw on people’s fascination with dinosaurs when it opens.
The three friends – Ady Kim, Sam Chan and Jason Poi – are hoping visitors can also take comfort that they won’t end up on the dinner menu, like in the Hollywood movies, as the park will only be featuring animatronic dinosaurs for viewing, nine to be exact.
Built on a three-acre land and managed by the Visiont Ventura company, the trio is aiming for Jurassic Land Kiulu to become the next eco-tourism destination in Sabah.
The park would be opened to the public in the third phase of the national recovery plan.
Kim said they are not letting the economic downturn and the pandemic become hindrances to their business venture.
“There will always be an opportunity. We understand tourism is hit the hardest during this time but people still need to go out sooner or later.
“Children have been stuck at home (for) too long. We are hoping to provide a place for local families to visit when the situation improves.
“Jurassic Land is near for everyone and you do not need to travel so far to enjoy quality time with family and loved ones.”
Kim said the idea of building Sabah’s very own “Jurassic park” started during a coffee session with his partners Chan and Poi, all of whom are fans of the Jurassic Park movies.
Well-known as an eco-adventure destination, the three friends saw Kiulu as the natural and perfect location to house the park.
“The site has a beautiful unobstructed view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu.
“Besides, Kiulu is a gem that not many have explored, and it is easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu,” he said, adding that visitors to the area can also enjoy white water rafting, trekking and hiking.
Among the activities and facilities available at the Jurassic Land Kiulu are a cafe, dinosaur shows, a flying zip-line, a jumpoline and a cycling park.
Bangkuai, who is also the Kiulu assemblyman, said the opening of the park would further boost rural tourism, particularly in his constituency, and provide job opportunities for locals.
“The courage to build a new tourism business while the pandemic is still ongoing is commendable. I am sure this is a new product that everyone will explore once tourism is safe to resume.
“Despite the challenges, STB always encourages tourism players and locals to come up with unique tourism products to provide new exciting experiences to visitors and tourists,” he said.