In 1982, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu opened with much fanfare for its idyllic beach location and luxurious accommodations all surrounded by 25 acres of teeming plants and exciting Bornean wildlife. Form colorful flowers to towering trees, the resort’s gardens are home to many interesting plants, including the impressive Ficus racemose, commonly known as the fig tree.
Recently, the fig tree caught the eye of 1StopBorneo Wildlife, a non-government organization that is dedicated to conserving Bornean rainforests through educational programs and wildlife rescue services, and dedicated to the research development of dynamic economic models to save animals.
On Monday, January 11, 1Stop Borneo Wildlife representatives visited the resort to attain fig cuttings to propagate the tree in other rainforests. Accompanied by Joyce Murang, the resort’s corporate social responsibility service leader, the team collected several tree cuttings, notes and photographs. The team will use the cuttings to replant in forests for wildlife consumption by marcotting, which is a type of vegetative plant propagation, commonly known as air layering, which roots of a part of the stem while it is still attached to the parent plant.
Thank you to the resort team for helping 1Stop Borneo Wildlife for helping fauna grow and prosper throughout Malaysia.