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In addition to the existing facilities, the BORNEENSIS Gallery was inaugurated on 13 March 2016 by YBhg. Prof. Datuk Harun Bin Abdullah, Vice Chancellor of UMS at that time together with YBhg. Tun Dato ’Seri Zaki Bin Tun Azmi, Chairman of the Board of UMS and YBhg. Datuk Jame Alip, Sabah State Education Director at the time. The BORNEENSIS Gallery showcases various research activities conducted at IBTP in the field of tropical biology and conservation as well as the sustainable use of biological resources.

This gallery also showcases the diversity of flora and fauna found in Sabah where the emphasis is on specimens that are hard to find, unique and endemic to the state of Sabah and have value in conservation such as gibbons, binturong, moon rat, pangolins, foxes, and so on. Also on display is a pygmy elephant skeleton model named 'Tagas'. This model is the only model of the pygmy elephant skeleton exhibited around the world.

Tagas : Borneo Pygmy Elephant Skeleton Exhibition

This project is a collaborative project between the Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation (IBTP), Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency).

Tagas was a 12-year-old male Borneo Pigmy Elephant, rescued from the oil palm plantation area in Tagas-tagas, Beluran on 10th January 2011. It was transferred to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park on 14th January 2011 and later died on 10th April 2011. In 2015, the Sabah Wildlife Department has provided permission to re-excavate skeleton of the elephant by the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

With the help from JICA, Dr Hiroshi Sawamura, Curator of the Ashoro Fossil Museum, Hokkaido, Japan has been invited to help uphold the elephant skeleton for display at the BORNEENSIS Gallery. 

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