The Bako National Park, Sarawak’s oldest national park gazetted in 1957, near here may be expanded by another 870 hectares to further protect the endemic proboscis monkeys and other wildlife.

Sarawak Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip told the State Assembly sitting last few days that the proposal was part of the government’s long-term plan to develop the eco-tourism potentials in the Bako Bay.

Presently, the park covers an area of 2,727 hectares in Muara Tebas and is one of the most visited national parks in Sarawak.