SABAH’s Borneo Bird Festival (BBF) is gaining popularity, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.
“The number of bird watchers attending the three-day event doubled last year to 3,000, comprising local and foreign visitors, compared to 2009’s 1,500 people,” he told the House in response to a question by Elopura assemblyman Au Kam Wah.
Introduced two years back, the event which is held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), aims at luring bird watchers, both domestic and abroad, to learn the species of birds in Sabah.
There are 742 bird species in Malaysia, with 540 species found in Sabah.
The BBF is widely promoted and has attracted bird watchers from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines as well as members of bird watching clubs from this region.
“Apart from BBF, the event has helped to promoted RDC. The number of visitors to the centre also increased from 13,120 in 2008 to 31,687 in 2009 and 36,798 in 2010,” he said.