Lambir Hills, Loagan Bunut & Similajau National Park

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Sarawak National Parks  - Lambir Hills, Loagan Bunut & Similajau National Park  

 

o        Lambir Hills National Park

Now known to be the world's most bio-diverse forest, Lambir Hills is home to more than 1,000 species of trees. There are plants and insects here that have not yet been discovered as well as waterfalls and bathing pools for a quick dip.

 

Lambir Hills National Park is exceptionally small and is only 6,500 hectares in size. Apart from the various tree species, the park is very rich in order plant species such as ferns, gingers, vines, palms, mushrooms, moss and lichen, flowering and fruiting shrub trees, climbers and creepers. There are a good variety of animals including bats, monkeys and barking deer.

Up to 157 species of birds have been recorded. This park has outstanding regional and global conservation significance for its species-rich forest, ideal for botanist and researchers throughout the world. Moreover, the park has a high potential value for recreational, educational and research purposes.

 

o        Loagan Bunut

The centrepiece of this park is a unique disappearing lake. Normally Loagan Bunut is a scenic lake, Sarawak's largest, but in the dry season it shrinks and disappears. It is an ideal spot for bird watchers and anyone interested in the culture of the Berawan people who inhabit the lake and have developed distinctive fishing practices. The fish populations also fluctuate as a result of this unique situation. When the dry periods are at their peak, Loagan Bunut can become a huge expanse of dry cracked mud. You can actually walk on the dry mud.

 

The surrounding area is covered with peat swamp forest and Mixed Dipterocarp Forest. The common birds found here are the darters, egrets, herons, bitterns, eagle, swallow, stork, broadbill, malkoha, kingfisher, magpie robin, dove, bulbul, drongo, flying fox hornbills and kites. Animals can be found such as barking deer, bearded pig, sambar deer, argus pheasant, long-tail macaque, black barded langur, lesser mouse deer, small-tooth palm civet, giant squirrel and Gibbons can also be heard doing their morning calls.

 

o        Similajau National Park

A combination of golden sandy beaches and rainforest make the park perfect for bird watching, bathing, trekking, coastal cruises and viewing the wildlife. The national park provides recreational ground for the people within the central region of Sarawak. The Park records the presence of 185 species of birds, which include hornbills and migratory water birds like Storm’s Stork. A very noteworthy reptile found here is the Saltwater Crocodile. Lucky visitors may be able to sight dolphins out amongst the waves. Occasionally, green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Visitors are advised that turtles are totally protected animals and that it is an offence to disturb them or their eggs.

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