The healthy wonders of Tawau Hills Park, MalaysiaApril 21, 2013
The healthy wonders of Tawau Hills Park, Malaysia
Tawau Hills Park, usually 24 kilometres from a city of Tawau in Sabah on Malaysian Borneo, facilities some of a largest and smallest of nature’s class on a planet.
Initially determined as a stable H2O catchment area for Tawau, a park’s rainforest attracts visitors for trekking, picnicking, camping and staying during chalets and lodges in a park. Several vital rivers issue in a park and a Tawau River provides many of a pools and waterfalls – some of that are a three-hour travel away.
Surrounded by oil palm and cacao plantations, a rainforest, measuring 28,000 hectares, primarily appears dense, though as my father and we make a approach along a well-marked paths a beam Ben starts to indicate out several class of mushrooms, flowers and a curious-appearing ‘pill box’ millipedes, that twist into a ideal globe when they clarity danger.
As we travel serve into a forest, a beam tells us about this lowland dipterocarp forest, consisting of pleasant lowland rainforest trees. The trees are highly-valued as a source of joist in Borneo and many of a timberland next 500 metres has been formerly logged. As we stand above 1,000 metres a foliage transforms into a thick damp mossy forest. ?
Our travel currently won’t be holding us to those heights, though it will still give us a ambience of what a timberland offers a caller – many of whom are locals who come here for walks and picnics on a weekends.
Our travel to see one of a biggest things in a timberland continues with a beam scheming us for what we competence see on a trek. There are not usually many fascinating examples of flora, including some extraordinary orchids – and Malaysia’s minute orchid! – though also fauna, such as prolonged tailed macaques and a red root monkeys, nonetheless a beam warns us that it’s singular to see a fugitive primates here.
Birdlife is also widespread with 6 of a 8 class of hornbill in Sabah being found here. As a beam talks to us we can hear them in a trees, and we’re carefree we’ll mark one in a furious today.
What we do mark initial is a red-naped trogon, a bird underneath hazard from detriment of a habitat. It’s a quite good bird to try to mark since it blends so good with a rainforest.
As we travel serve on to a sound of large cicadas singing their tune, we see a little rodent literally zipping between tree branches. It’s relocating so quick we onslaught to get a print of it until it pauses on a bend momentarily. Our beam informs us that it’s a plain midget squirrel, a little brownish-red squirrel autochthonous here and one of a smallest class in a world. Before we can concentration a lenses, it’s off again darting between branches to comic effect.
As a trees get taller, a beam points out a hulk yam with large leaves. While we’re no large fans of eating yams, a beam tells us we contingency try a yam-flavoured ice-cream, while we’re in Borneo.
While we don’t see a rafflesia, a largest flower in a world, that grows here, nor a smallest orchid, a orchid podochilus, nor a phalaenopsis gigantean or ‘Elephant Ear Orchid’, local to Borneo, we shortly arrive during a observation tallness for a world’s largest pleasant tree.
Identified in 2006, this shorea faguetiana, called ‘pokok Seraya Siput Kuning’, was available during a tallness of 88.32 m, while several others in a area were detected to also be over 80 metres. It’s so staggering we find it roughly unfit to grasp a scale of a case of a tree or take a print to meaningfully denote a size!
As we start a travel behind to a park office, we are unhappy that we have not speckled any monkeys. Our beam tells us we have to be unequivocally propitious to mark them here, as they like to stay high in a trees.
Just as we cranky a little overpass tighten to a opening of a park, we hear a rustling in a trees usually off a path. Clearly some-more than usually a breeze floating by a trees, we theory it contingency be a couple of monkeys.
To a warn it’s not a some-more common prolonged tailed macaques, though a little couple of a rarer red root monkeys. As object steams by a trees they are sitting in, we can clearly see their overwhelming russet red fur. While several little monkeys play in a trees a mom with her baby sticking on joins in a fun. Our beam happily tells us that it’s usually a second time he’s ever seen them this close.