National and State Parks in the state of Pahang, Malaysia, were established recognising the need to strictly preserve and protect the rich and abundant diversity of nature for posterity.
It is not surprising then that nature-lovers from all over the world come to Pahang to explore the diverse ecosystems and experience the virgin tropical forests.
With the enchanting flora and fauna the wild-life parks and reserves are indeed the Malaysian national treasures of nature, open for the world's enjoyment.
In Pahang, nature lovers can visit: -
Besides these National and State Parks, there are other smaller Forest Reserves in Pahang like the Kuala Krau Wildlife Reserve, where sanctuaries and conservation centers for endangered wildlife like elephants and seladangs (gaurs) are located.
These national and state parks in Pahang are believed to contain the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, being more than 130 million years old. They are home to many varieties of flora and fauna, some endemic to Malaysia.
Exotic creatures - big and tiny, real BIGFOOT included (oh, oh...story time later) -- and herbal plants, flowers and giant trees fill the verdant wonders, protected and preserved from unwanted development and unnecessary encroachment.
Of course, needless to say, there are plenty of exciting and learning activities we humans can do there.
But perhaps, let us first remind ourselves of the things we, as responsible visitors cannot do at these national and state parks... or putting it another way, the valuable role we, as visitors to these wonderful places of nature, could and should play...
We must remember that Taman Negara, Kenong Rimba Park and the Endau-Rompin State Park are protected parks and reserves.
As a responsible visitor, we should ensure that these national and state parks, being places of nature, stay undisturbed and remain so for present and future visitors. And future generations will include our children and grandchildren... we don’t want them to miss the amazing and joyful wonders of nature, do we?
Well, here is a short list of reminders of the wonderful role we all can play to help the ecosystems thrive naturally…
1. Do observe and follow all the national and state parks' rules that are always clearly displayed in the compound areas.
Do not destroy or remove any plant or animal. It is an offence to remove plants, animals, and to shoot, trap and/or collect animals.
2. Do practice the simple act of not littering.
Dispose rubbish appropriately. And if you do find litters and rubbish, do help to clean them up. When finishing packaged food, plastic and glass containers bring them back and throw them into the dustbins at Park HQ, or where available.
This is because plants and animals, like we humans too, will be affected by change. Littering will detrimentally change their system of living. Therefore do not change the ecosystems that are already in place.
3. Do not feed or leave food out for wild animals.
This will encourage them to become scavengers and after a while they will become a nuisance to visitors.
4. Do not bring pets into the parks.
Our pet may unintentionally introduce diseases to other animals. And it may escape and then go wild. Regulations of national and state parks do not normally allow pets to be brought in.
5. Do not also bring radios and other musical instruments and gadgets during trekking and nature activities.
The music and songs may disturb the wildlife. And other visitors, for example, bird-watchers and animal spotters, may also need silence for their observation, and loud music might scare away the birds and animals from their observation sites.
6. If anything else, just remember the simple rule all nature-lovers and responsible visitors follow when they go to nature sites:-
"LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS AND TAKE BACK NOTHING BUT FOND EVERLASTING MEMORIES".
WELL, NOW THAT WE ALL KNOW THE SIMPLE THINGS NOT TO DO IN THE NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS... LET’S SEE THE LIST OF THE...
WONDERFUL AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES (YEH.. YEH) WE CAN DO THERE
About Leeches (wonderful organisms, actually)
Leeches live and thrive in damp, wet and muddy conditions, and therefore, you will encounter leeches in most lowland rainforests and rivers found in these national and state parks in Pahang.
Leeches are amazingly clever organisms which suck blood of their favorite "suckers" (humans included) and commonly (perhaps erroneously) labelled as hindrances by visitors. But like all creations of God, they actually give back a benefit for the "donations" they received.
The benefit we receive from the bite is that our body will now have to replace the lost "old" and "dirty" blood. The body therefore proceeds to make just that -- new blood to replace the old. The fresher blood rejuvenates our body and we feel healthier.
Leeches are used in alternative traditional medicine, and I believe in some modern medical clinics, where these leeches are used in surgeries to suck out blood during operations as they impart anti-coagulants when they feed.
The anti-coagulants make the blood of the "contributors" to continue flowing even after the leeches have finished sucking the blood. But you can remedy by just compressing the wound, or by using cold water, and the blood will stop running.
The bites of leeches are a bit itchy and a little painful while they heal, but otherwise, since we are healthier for the exchange, it’s definitely value for the bite.
A great way to be bitten by these leeches is just to let them... Be amazed at how their body sizes can slowly grow three times their original slim figure. Well, that’s like eating burgers and getting yourself bloated into a...house?... err... well, that’s too much... ahem..maybe... into .. an elephant?
But you can scrape the leeches off your skin (...some people use cigarette butts, but cigarettes are bad for health and macho people don’t smoke nowadays) or spray with a good insect repellent (..bad for the environment). Better still, or best of all, just let them drop off after their feed (that’s charity from you, and one good deed deserves another).
And while we’re on leeches, why don’t we just stop and watch how leeches move about.
Well...they actually do it by looping – stretching their heads forward as far as they will go and then bringing their tail and body to meet the head as in a great loop, which is then repeated...(it’s like a Chubby Checker's limbo rock dance in reverse). They can move very fast this way, and reach their targets easily.
Ah, enough of my blabbering...
Well, Let's now start our expedition and take a visit to the rich and verdant ecosystems of the National and State Parks in the state of Pahang.
And as always, from me ...
*** SELAMAT DATANG***