Taman Negara Pahang National Park - Malaysia's first and oldest protected area
|Year of Declaration:||1984|
|Area and Location:||
States of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, Malaysia.
One of the world’s oldest rainforests; boasts the most extensive protected area of pristine lowland, evergreen rainforest in the country; the highest point in the Park is Gunung Tahan at 2,187 meters above sea level; most important center of endemicity in Malay Peninsula.
Generally hilly and mountainous; lowland dipterocarp forests dominate the Park; limestone hills; limestone caves; montane and ericaceous forests of the higher elevation; riparian forests; lower montane forests; and heath forests.
Wild durian (Durio sp); Pucukpaku (Athyrium esculentum), the edible fern; bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus); staghorn fern (Platycerium coronarium); Aquilaria sp; rattans and bamboos. The Park is rich in woody tree species like the dipterocarps and the tall, buttressed tualang (Koompassia excelsa),known as the tallest tree in Southeast Asia.
Seladang (Bos gaurus); elephant (Elephus maximus); Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus); Leopard (Panthera pardus); tiger (Panthera tigris); sun bear (Helarctos malayanus); white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar); langur (Presbytis sp.); great argus pheasant (Argusianus argus); Probarbus gulieni and Rasbora dusonensis are rare species.
|Ecotourism Destination and Activities:||
River cruises and laid out jungle trekking activities; the world’s longest canopy walk; bird watching; other activities include canoeing, fishing, camping and swimming; or visit the Orang Asli settlement and observe their traditional hunter-gatherer life.
|Biological Richness:||• 8,000 species of flowering plants
• 185,000 species of fauna
• 250 species of resident birds
• 58 species of reptiles
• 56 species of amphibians
• 109 species of fish