Brunei is a country that is renowned for its mesmerising natural rainforest, There should be a place for people to know more about the biological diversity that are available to be found in the Sultanate.
Located within the 2,374 hectares of Andulau Forest Reserve, the Tropical Biodiversity Centre has been operating since early 2013 and has allowed the public to discover the rich biodiversity that are available in the country.
The space features three laboratories and allows scientists with their research on species with the wide variety of resources that are available at the centre.
“Other than the laboratories, we also have an exhibition hall that showcases the many biodiversity that are available at the centre and the functions on how biodiversity can be used to generate the nation’s economy,” said Haji Mohd Dinnie Haji Mahadi, a Forestry Officer at the centre.
The exhibition features an interactive learning experience for the visitors with over 12 touchscreen kiosks explaining about the centre and biodiversity within the sultanate.
Haji Dinnie mentioned that the centre focuses on three strategic tasks – education, eco-tourism and research.
“In education, we provide awareness for people who come to the centre by giving a talk about the various flora and fauna in Brunei. Furthermore, we help the eco-tourism trust in Brunei and while we provide research and development for scientists with the three laboratories on the site,” said Haji Dinnie.
Other than that, the centre is able to organise awareness or educational talk to large groups such as schools or tour groups through their theatrette that is available at the Tropical Biodiversity Centre.
With its strategic venue at Andulau Forest Reserve, the centre also provides walking trails through the forest.
“At the back of the centre itself, we can find many trails that can take about 30 minutes to four-hour trails to walk through. The centre will provide the trail through requests by the visitors,”
As visitors walk through the trails, the centre guides will talk more about the species that are found in the forest, giving the visitors a unique experience to get up close to the flora or fauna in the forest.
For those interested to learn more about the flora and fauna in Brunei, they entertain walk-ins at the centre from Monday to Saturday between 7.45am to 4.30pm. For large groups such as schools or tour groups, contact the centre beforehand to make an appointment.