Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is managed by both the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, and the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD). SWD’s jurisdiction covers the land use, wildlife portion and tourism side while SFD runs the Botanical Garden and forest recreation within the Park.
The main drive of having a wildlife park in the west coast region is to educate the public on the plight of our endangered wildlife. While they view these animals, they will then appreciate the endemic wildlife we have in this part of the island.
All of the animals are not taken out from the wild. Some of them are rescued and others were donated and handed in by the public. Exotic animals such as the Nilghais, Emus, and the Macaws came in through the animal exchange program with other zoos. The park features a mix of local and exotic species in order to satisfy the request of both local and foreign tourists.