The Sabah Society is a non-government / non-profit organisation founded in 1960 by a group of enthusiasts who were eager to record and preserve interesting and important aspects of the history, culture and natural history of Sabah which might be lost in the increasing surge forward towards modernization. The objectives they set out remain the same today and are:
- To stimulate a wider interest in, and knowledge of, the history, natural history and geography of Sabah and the cultures and customs of its people and;
- To encourage and assist the recording of knowledge of the history, natural history and geography of Sabah and the preservation of examples of the cultures and customs of its people. These objectives give the society a wide base which can accommodate the specific interest of anyone who wishes to share or improve their knowledge of Sabah.
To fulfill our objectives, The Sabah Society uses four main activities:
- Meetings are held at which experts, both local and visiting, are invited to speak on topics relevant to Sabah or the study of disciplines applicable to Sabah.
- Field Trips and Expeditions are organised to places of historical, cultural or of natural history interest usually over weekends.
- A Journal is published once a year containing articles written on topics relevant to the objectives.
- Monographs and books are published as suitable materials and funds become available.
Among the notable achievements of The Sabah Society and its members are the establishment of the Sabah Museum and the Sabah Parks.
Today, the Sabah Society is recognized as an important non-governmental organization promoting the conservation of Sabah’s natural heritage and advising the state government on such matters.