The lush, tropical rainforests of Sarawak are home to a smorgasbord of exotic and endangered species of wildlife that is unique to this particular pocket of the world. These rare animals include the Bornean orangutans, proboscis monkeys, Bornean bearded pigs, and of course, the revered Rhinoceros Hornbill.
The Land of The Hornbills
Being known as the Land of the Hornbills, it also comes as no surprise that there is a rich and healthy habitat of hornbills living within the verdant jungles of Sarawak. To be exact, eight out the 54 known species of hornbills in the world can be found here.
The most well-known out of the lot is the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill, which also represents an important cultural symbol for both the indigenous people of Sarawak and its citizens.
For Sarawakians, this species of hornbill represents the Sarawak State emblem and is also known as the official State Bird of Sarawak. For the Dayak community, Burung Kenyalang – as it is known locally – signifies the spirit of God and must be treated with the utmost respect.