Our purpose

To further scientific research with the aim of contributing to long-term conservation projects in the area, and develop a better understanding of our environment and the living things we share it with.

Danau Girang Field Centre is a collaborative research and training facility managed by the Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University. It is situated in Lot 6 of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah, Malaysia. Our research aims to help mitigate the loss of Asian biodiversity by understanding the effects of habitat fragmentation on the ecosystem, while encouraging in-situ conservation and engaging with NGOs, stakeholders and policy makers alike. We offer a variety of ways to study, welcoming PhD, MRes and MSc students from all over the world, provided that their research falls under our general theme. DGFC also offers facilities for field courses from overseas and within the Asia-Pacific region, including Malaysia. We are open to volunteers, professional training years and to research collaborations with scientists worldwide.

Our vision

To be a “collaborative research centre for the applied conservation of tropical eco-systems using world class facilities and cutting-edge technological tools for the effective management of wildlife in a fragmented landscape, while providing outreach and awareness programs for multiple stakeholders (local communities, eco-tourism, palm oil plantations) whilst upholding a standard of internationally-recognised expertise and scientific publications

Our objectives

1. To provide facilities and resources for (1) research projects to be undertaken with the goal of better understanding the mechanisms of degraded forest and (2) the delivery of teaching/training programmes for Malaysian and international students.

2. Through the utilisation of advanced technologies such as camera traps, GPS collars, drones and molecular tools, to explore the survival mechanisms employed by multiple flagships species, with the aim of developing species action plans and landscape management guidelines for fragmented lowland tropical forest.