Mr Robert Chong has more than 20 years of experience in and out of the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Robert speaks English, Malay, Chinese, Cantonese and Hakka. He started out as a general guide in 1995, guiding tourists to look for wildlife in Sukau situated in the Lower Kinabatangan River. Later in 2000, he found his interest in bird watching and he envisaged that birding could be the next big attraction for Sukau.
It was in the early 2004, Robert guided an Australian couple along the small river of Menanggu, Kinabatangan and he accidentally spotted a Borneon ground cuckoo walking alongside the river bank chasing his boat. Robert did not know what bird was it and he responded to the couple that it was a forest pheasant! Later on he found out that it was actually one of the rarest cuckoo that is endemic to the Borneon Island.
From that day onward, Robert started to learn how to vocalise the sound of the Borneon ground cuckoo and other birds, and believe it, when Robert calls, they respond. Not only that, Robert has the ability to estimate the direction and location of the bird with his sharp ear and well versed landscape and geographical location of the Kinabatangan River. He is also well versed in myriads of wildlife, plant, and tree – elephants, birds, monkeys, you name it!
In 2004, he finally decided to establish the First Wildlife Ecotourism resort known as Kinabatangan Jungle Camp ("KJC") in Kampung (Village) Bilit which is only 30 minutes up river from Sukau. KJC is the pioneer of Ecotourism lodge around Kampung Bilit.
Robert can be contacted through
Miss Shirley Kwan joined Singgahmata Holiday Camp Sdn Bhd @ Kinabatangan Jungle Camp on the year 2014 and she is i charge of the company overall operation for accounts, finance and Admin related department.
Any inquiry regarding company operations kindly refer to Shirley at