Malaysia’s forests are indisputably the oldest in the world and its national parks are showcases of its rich natural heritage Biodiversity protection is important to stop plants and animals threatened with extinction, to preserve them for future generations. The richness or biodiversity indicated by biological resources within the environment. Protection maintains ecological balances and preserves a gene pool of the widest range of species.
In Malaysia, about 4.5 per cent (3.39 million hectares) of the total land area is designated as the protected land, of which 1.5 million hectares are national and state parks, wildlife sanctuaries and marine park.
Malaysia’s tropical rainforest is one of the most complex and rich ecosystems in the world. It is home to 14,500 flowering plants and trees, 600 species of birds, 210 species of mammals, 150 species of frogs, 140 species of snakes, 80 species of lizards and numerous species of insects & other life forms.
PARK STORIES & HISTORY
No holiday or vacation in the tropics is complete without visiting a tropical rainforest. And there’s no grandeur than to visit the TAMAN NEGARA, reputed to be The Oldest Jungle , The Best Kept Tropical Rainforest & The Great Natural Wonders of the world. By that it means that Taman Negara’s flora & fauna has evolved naturally over hundreds of millions of years without any disruption or major calamities.
Taman Negara was declared for conservation in 1938 and has become Malaysia’s premier national park and the largest in the country covering over 4343 square kilometres (434,300 hectares) of primary forest, spans across three states Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang – and is situated in the centre of the Peninsula Malaysia. Taman Negara is the most extensive protected area of pristine, lowland, evergreen rainforest in the country. Taman Negara originated from a Pahang State Legislation in 1925 and in the district of Jerantut.
Over 1300 square kilometres of tropical jungle in its natural state was designated “THE GUNUNG TAHAN GAME RESERVE”. This became the National Park in 1938 when the Sultan of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan set aside the present area, and named it the “KING GEORGE V NATIONAL PARK”. After Independence, the name was changed to TAMAN NEGARA. The stated purpose of Taman Negara is “to utilise the land within the park in perpetuity, for the propagation, protection and preservation of indigeneous flora and fauna”. With so much to see and do, a trip to Taman Negara is a must on your itinerary.