Saturday, 19 May 2012

Taman Alam Kuala Selangor - Background

Dibebel oleh Diana @ BKKC at 01:59

Taman Alam Kuala Selangor or Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a unique slice of landscape made up of 497 acres (201 hectares) of secondary forest; formerly a mangrove forest. After the land was reclaimed along the coast, the mangrove forest was unable to sustain itself. Thus the secondary forest is now mainly dominated by strangling figs and other coastal trees like the Cordia dichtama; along with the mangrove fern. Mangroves however still cover about 234 acres (95 hectares) of the park. These trees have been allowed to rejuvenate within the boundaries of the park.
There are four clearly marked trails varying from 30 minutes to 80 minutes - maps of which are available at the entry point.
One of the trails has the flora marked with explanation.
Return Time
Egret 80min

Facilities at KSNP
Visitor Centre
Open 7 days a week including public holidays from 0900 to 1800. T-shirts, souvenirs and MNS books/merchandise can be purchased here.
Slide shows on mangrove ecology, conservation and other Park related activities are available on request (please make prior arrangements with the Park Office).

Seminar Hall
An air-conditioned hall equipped with basic facilities with accommodation for approximately 80 people maximum is also available to rent.

There are 4 A-frame huts, 8 chalets, 2 dormitoriesm, a hostel and a common dining hall. 

Flora & Fauna at KSNP
KSNP has 3 distinctive habitats these being the Brackish Water Lake System, Secondary Forest and also Mangrove forest.

Brackish Water Lake System
The lake at KSNP is man-made and was created for birds to roost and feed. It also acts as a safe nesting area for approximately 156 bird species, 57 of which are migratory. There are 3 Watch Towers and Bird Hides situated around the lake where one can observe many bird species including the Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus, Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis and Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata to name a few.

Also around the lake area or close by, you can also see plants such as the Sea Hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus, Noni Morinda citrifolia and Nypa Palm Nypa fruticans.

Secondary Forest
The Secondary Forest region covers an area of approximately 450 acres which is made accessible by 4 trails. The secondary forest is predominantly a mixture of Strangling Figs, coastal trees such as the Cordia dichotoma, climbers and of course the mangrove fern.

Within the forest, there is a variety of animals including Plantain Squirrels Callosciurus notatus, Oriental Whip Snake Ahaetulla prasina, Four-lined Tree Frog Polypedates leucomystax, Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella and many other reptiles and amphibians. Of the primate species to be found in the forest there is the highly mischievous and noisy Long-Tailed Macaques Macaca fascicularis and notably the distinctive Silvered Leaf Monkey Presbytis cristata, an endangered species and logo of KSNP.

Mangrove Forest
The Park’s mangrove forest represents part of a complex coastal wetland system, which provides an extremely important intermediate stage between the land and aquatic environment. In this unique environment you will not only find rich biodiversity but also specialist adaptations that plants have adopted to cope with the anaerobic and highly saline conditions found in this type of environment.

Within the mangrove forest you will find 4 different families of mangrove trees and a total of 13 species of mangrove trees such as Bruguiera cylindrica that is found here.

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