Ambassador Yun Joins Portland Delegation in Visit to Sabah

Ambassador Yun and the Portland delegation visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sandakan, Sabah. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ambassador Yun and a 10-person delegation from Portland, Oregon visited Sabah as part of a Sister City initiative and the Oregon-Sabah Collaborative. The delegation, led by Portland Metro Council President Tom Hughes, visited sites in Kota Kinabalu and other parts of Sabah to build relationships in the fields of business, education, and environmental cooperation.

During the visit, Ambassador Yun and the delegation met the University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) to explore possible collaboration with Oregon universities. They also visited the Danau Girang Field Centre, where they saw the Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit release a trafficked pangolin into the wild. They met EcoHealth Alliance staff to discuss the work of the Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensic Laboratory in Penampang, Sabah. In addition, they visited the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, and the Sabah Wildlife Department’s Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

To cap off the visit, Metro Council President Hughes, representing the World Forestry Institute (WFI), signed an agreement with Sabah Forestry Director Datuk Sam Mannan that will send four Sabahans to Portland, Oregon for six-month fellowships at WFI over the next few years.