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18 July 2015

Wonders of Malaysian forests - Royal Belum, Perak

Top left : Gould's Frogmouth (鱗腹蟆口鴟) ; Top right : Helmeted Hornbill (盔犀鳥)
Malaysia (2013)
13th April, 2015. Pusat Mel Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Royal Belum is a large unexplored virgin forest and is one of the largest forest reserve in the Pennisular Malaysia that is yet to be discovered. Royal Belum is believed to have been in existence for over 130million years making it one of the world's oldest rainforest, older than both the Amazon and the Congo rainforest. Royal Belum is home to some of the worlds's most important, unique and beautiful natural treasures such as Gould Frogmouth which is an endangered species and Helmeted Hornbill which is a tame fruit-wating bird from the hornbill family. Plants such as he Rafflesia Azlanii, the newly discovered species of rafflesia which can only be found here and other rare insects such as Duliticola hoiseni where the females remain in their larva form and plants such as Trevesia burckii Boerl that us used as a traditional medicine.

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