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GO EXPLORE: Royal Belum State Park, Perak
Join our host Jonathan Putra on the premiere of Go Explore in Royal Belum State Park and Lenggong Valley, Perak!
Wonder at the revered but endangered hornbills in Royal Belum State Park, discover how to find elephant tracks in a forest, and explore Lenggong Valley’s archaeological sites to uncover the history behind 11,000 year-old Perak Man, the oldest Paleolithic skeleton discovered outside of Africa!
The Royal Belum State Park
The Royal Belum State Park is situated within the largest continuous forest complex in Malaysia, the Belum Temenggor forest reserve. The name ‘Belum’, literally translates into ‘the land before time’ –a fitting name for a forest which has survived over 130 million years and is older than the Amazon!
Local tourist enjoying a boat ride in Royal Belum Rainforest Park, is believed to have been in existence for over 130 million years.
Shared between Malaysia and Thailand, Belum Temenggor is home to countless flora and fauna. The state park’s rich wildlife such as insects, birds, deer, and elephants. 14 of the most threatened mammals in the world including Malayan tigers, Malayan sun bears, and Sumatran rhinoceros call the park home. It’s the only existing forest where all 10 species of hornbills that inhabit Malaysia can be found.
From the casual sightseer to the die-hard nature lover, there’s plenty for you to see and do around the park!
Explore the park’s waterfalls like Pulau Kooi or any of the other beautiful waterfalls in the area
Gaze into the amazing landscape from viewpoints like the Pulau Talikail Lookout Tower
Pay a visit to Kampung Chuweh (an authentic Orang Asli/indigenous peoples village). Take this opportunity to mingle with the Jahai tribe and immerse yourself into their unique ways of life. This includes learning how to use blow pipes and discovering the benefits of traditional herbs such as the Tongkat Ali.
And of course, keep your eyes wide open, because you never know which plants and critters you might encounter!
Hornbills (Bucerotidae), are a family of bird found in Asia, Africa, and Melanesia. There are only about 57 living species of hornbills in existence, of which 32 are found in Asia, and 10 of them can be found at The Royal Belum State Park in Perak, Malaysia.
These birds are famed for their odd beaks and the sometimes flashy bright skin around their eyes. The hornbills’ most distinctive feature is their long beak, which often has a hollow structure running along the top called a casque. In some species, this casque serves as a resonator for their calls.
Forests are everything to a forest-dwelling hornbill. They nest and breed within them, eat from them. Likewise, forest can’t thrive without hornbills, as they are an integral part of the ecosystem and are known for their important role in seed dispersal.
Check out a clip on hornbills from Go Explore below!