Experience the wonders of nature and wilderness of Borneo! Sukau originated from the Chinese word “Shugao”, which means “the trees are tall”. It would later be pronounced as it is now – Sukau. A long time ago, Sukau faced deforestation at an alarming level. In order to preserve the rainforest, the government has asked for the help of the landowners who started to plant some fast-growing fruit trees under the government’s guidance, and which provide food and shelters for the wild animals. Consequently, the fruit trees have formed a secondary forest which attracts not only the wild animals, but also the butterflies, dragonflies, insects, and reptiles to live in the area of Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi. Along the jungle trekking paths, you will find traces and faeces of the animal, such as Borneon Pygmy Elephants, and Borneon Sun Bear; that attract not only the butterflies, dragonflies and insects, but also provide nutrients for the basic layers of the food chain such as mushrooms and fungus to grow.
Joining hands with World Wildlife Fund, the Chief Minister of Sabah had launched the “Corridor of Life” in 2002, signifying that Sukau is now one of the sanctuaries for wildlife in Sabah. The lantern bug is an insect that belongs to the Fulgoridae family. Having an organ that looks like a long nose with a lantern-like appearance makes it distinctive from the rest. Unlike the firefly, the lantern bug is unable to illuminate itself. There are different kinds of lantern bugs in the world, but all of them share a common feature – a body with bright colours. However, because of their tiny size, they become rather inconspicuous when they are up in the trees. Many people think that insects are herbivores, but in fact, they are some kinds of insects that are carnivores, and mantis is one of them. Mantis has sickle-shaped forelimbs, always wait silently in a hidden place to attack passing by insects, including butterflies, bees, and grasshoppers. When a mantis bends its forelimbs, it looks like it’s praying, so that earns it the name of “praying mantises”.