Differences between national park and wildlife sanctuary

5 Facts on Differences of National Park VS Wildlife Sanctuary | Taman Negara Malaysia

Hi guys!

Today I like to share my thoughts on the differences between national parks and the wildlife sanctuary. Have you heard these kinds of statements? Have they sounded any familiar to you?

“Yeay, there are not many animals can be found in the national park..”
 
“…we feel kind of lonely in here and not much things to do…”
 
“We’d been here for two days and only met some chickens, lizard and some buffaloes during river crossing yesterday”.

Daaaa…For goodness sake? Like seriously?

Since, the last two decades when people started to realize about a healthy lifestyle, people actively went hiking, cycling or even exploring mother nature. Therefore, people endeavor to come into national parks. Hoping to become active and fit while enjoying what these kinds of places can offer.

Truly, jump into the conclusion that national parks are similar to those wildlife sanctuaries will eventually make the industry collapse. People will think the information is exaggerated. The services are overrated and everything just marketing with no actual animals in the national park.

Oh, come on guys!

What differs one to another?

  1. The national park covers a wider area of protection to the entire ecosystem, while the wildlife sanctuary provides protection of living conditions to the wild animals.
  2. National park focuses on the entities of the whole ecosystem such as flora, fauna, landscape and geographical topography. As for the sanctuary, it focuses on the micro aspect of animals, not limited to birds, insects, and reptiles.
  3. In terms of limitation, the national park is highly restricted with some are gazetted under the national plan and policy. As for the sanctuary, it is less restricted and likely open to the public all the time.
  4. To enter into the national park, you need permission or sometimes not allowed at all. In contrast, the wildlife sanctuary acquired no such permission and allowed up to a certain extent.
  5. Lastly, the boundaries of national parks are fixed and monitored by the local authorities. As for the sanctuary, the boundaries are not fixed and handled by the private authorities.

Understanding these differences between the national park and wildlife sanctuary brings clear direction and planning. Aiming to meet the protected pygmy elephant, you need to go to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. However, if you aiming for a panorama view of Endurance Mountain, you go to Kuala Tahan National Park in climbing the trail.

Crystal clear? Wish you all the best and let’s protect our nature by educating ourselves in the first place.

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Inginkan sesuatu yang baru di luar kotak?
Inginkan pengalaman yang lebih thrill dan mencabar?

Apa kata anda berkunjung ke Taman Negara Malaysia? Tentunya bercuti bersama keluarga di taman negara merupakan pengalaman baru dan tidak akan dilupakan, khususnya bagi anak-anak.

Taman Negara Malaysia ini terletak di Kuala Tahan, Pahang. Ia menganjur sehingga ke negeri Kelantan dan Terengganu yang melewati 3 negeri di pantai timur. Terdapat empat pintu masuk utama. Antaranya adalah melalui pekan Kuala Tahan dari Sungai Tembeling. Akses lainnya juga adalah melalui pekan Jerantut, Sungai Relau melalui pekan Merapoh dan juga pekan Gua Musang dari Kelantan.

Tahukah anda?

Taman Negara Malaysia ini juga dikenali sebagai Taman Negara Pahang. Ia merupakan satu-satunya taman negara yang berada di semenanjung Malaysia. Empat yang lain adalah di Sabah dan Sarawak yang fokusnya lebih kepada taman laut, taman kinabalu dan pemeliharaan gua-gua di Sarawak. Ekslusifnya Taman Negara Pahang ini adalah menjaga ekosistem pergunungan Gunung Tahan dan sekitarnya.

Aktiviti menarik di Taman Negara Malaysia

Mungkin anda tertanya-tanya apa yang menarik di sini. Ini adalah 4 perkara menarik yang anda boleh rasainya sendiri bersama anak-anak sempena cuti sekolah ini.

  • Bermesra bersama ikan kelah besar di Kelah Sanctuary
  • Mandikan gajah comel di Pusat Pemeliharaan Gajah Kuala Gandah
  • Jambatan gantung ‘canopy walk’
  • Mandi-manda dan memancing ikan di Lata Berkoh
Sejuk air di Lata Berkoh pasti menyeronokkan lagi-lagi bersama keluarga

Mahu tahu lebih lanjut dan tengok gambar awesome yang menarik?

Pastinya…

Program bercuti bersama keluarga anda pada kali ini membawakan suatu kelainan. Pendekatan ke alam hijau akan membawa lebih kenal dan memupuk suka dan cinta akan alam sekitar. Pastinya, aktiviti sebegini lebih ‘engaging’ bersama alam. Membantu merangsang fine motor anak-anak, lebih peka dan aktif dari hanya duduk di rumah menghadap TV dan game maya.

Hubungi kami segera seperti di bawah. Jumpa anda di Taman Negara!

What to Declare Upon Entering the Mount Tahan Trail | National Park Malaysia

Hiking preparation has 1001 tricks and checklists. You need to be fit physically and mentally. The preparation for cardiovascular fitness and leg strength is in the initial phase. Next, pertaining the procedures and documentation before entering the Mount Tahan trail.

Final preparation before entering the trail as every item need to be declared

Unfortunately, many hikers neglected or tend to forget the rules of entering mountain trails, especially among the newbie hikers. Each national park has its specific and different requirements as compared to others. It depends on the topography and policies gazette by the local authorities of the national park. 

As for the Mount Tahan trail, hikers need to declare everything they bring along at the inspection office. There are two inspection offices and eventually the access point into Taman Negara. The offices are through Sungai Relau (in Merapoh) and Kuala Tahan that also acts as the control tower and information for all hikers.

What to declare?

  • Declare yourself and belongings
  • Detailed information about yourself and the next of kin
  • Calculate food materials – needed to state the number of cans, plastics, bottles, and even candies that you tag along
  • Your personal belongings on the body are also counted!
  • Other accessories too – including sleeping bags, shoes and socks, batteries in the headlamp and etc.
  • Gadget materials and their detailed info
  • Prohibit items need to be taken out – such as wet tissues and rapeseed rope which difficult to dispose
  • Payment for any items and registration to permit
Every single item are counted and recorded in the system
You need to declare your belongings as well as payment

Indeed, the inspection is very meticulous and straight. Everything is recorded and taken into account. The process normally took about 15 – 20 minutes for everyone to declare and to repacking. It’s so thrilling that the inspection phase alone took about 1 to 2 hours to complete as everyone will be brief before the journey begins.

Pro tip:

1. Only 48 people are allowed to enter the trail per day due to safety reasons and sustainable protection.

2. Each group cannot exceed 12 people with one registered instructor.

3. A thorough count of your items after you come back and they issue fines for everything you don’t bring back

Entrance to Lata Berkoh

Visiting Lata Berkoh | The Jewel of Taman Negara Malaysia

Your trip to Taman Negara Pahang National Park is not complete without visiting Lata Berkoh. Lata Berkoh is a popular spot among tourists to venture into the beauty of Taman Negara. It has a blended element of river navigation, rapid streams and rocky area, fishing areas and scenic waterfall as well as beautiful archway of trees façade. Many of the tourists take the opportunity to picnic as well as swimming in the cold water of Lata Berkoh.

How to get here?

To get here, the popular choice of transportation is using the wooden boat ride. Even though it is accessible with jungle trekking, yet, the trails are too rough for the public to endure. Mostly it took approximately 8.5km walking to reach Lata Berkoh. Therefore, riding the boat to Lata Berkoh has become the main option, as it shortens the travel journey. As much, the journey on the Sungai Tahan takes about one hour to reach Lata Berkoh, depending on the river level.

The rate cost for RM240 per boat for 4 people. Advanced booking needs to be placed at the Wildlife department of Taman Negara or else your boat will fully be booked. However, at the National Park Pier station, there are many others row of boats that belonged to the villagers who also offered boat services at a far cheaper price.

The row of boat parking and waiting at Lata Berkoh
River crossing with these long boat also promote the scenic of Tahan river along the way
River crossing with long boat ride also promote the scenic of Tahan river along the way

Why it’s cool to visit Lata Berkoh?

By visiting Lata Berkoh it offered you tranquility and scenic panorama of Mother Nature. As mentioned earlier, it’s a combination of elements of water, earth and greenery view that form a strong identity and a landmark of Lata Berkoh.

Beautiful river flow and rocky area
Among the popular spot to swim and get wet
Pleasing green nature along the Sungai Tahan to Lata Berkoh
There are also fishing facilities provided in Lata Berkoh
Boatman waiting for their passenger
Spot for visiting the tualang tree

Indeed, it’s arousing experience for visiting Lata Berkoh.  

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Birding in Taman Negara Pahang

Magnificent Bird Watching | Taman Negara Pahang National Park Malaysia

Taman Negara Pahang National Park indeed is the second paradise for bird watching activities. It is a home for more than 380 species of birds. Up to 2019, there are 479 species of birds that have been identified in this national park. Out of these numbers, there are 25 species of birds that are globally threatened.

Let’s discover new species in here!

Apart from that, the experts also identified another 6 new species found in the national park. These birds are from the cold climatic country. They are said to travel south and stop here from September to December before returning to their native state to lay eggs.

Amongst the globally threatened species that can be found in the national park are; Storm’s Stork, Masked Finfoot, Large Green-Pigeon, Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle, White-fronted Scops-Owl, and Wreathed Hornbill. These birds are listed as Near-threatened, Endangered or Vulnerable species in the World Bird Database system.

Refer here: https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?region=MYmaph02&list=howardmoore

Amongst the endangered species in Taman Negara Pahang
Amongst the endangered species in Taman Negara Pahang

Indeed, these birds are unique in color, size and body vary. Therefore, the bird watching activities created an opportunity for better understanding them. It is also a way of therapy for stress management and bad lifestyles. It is said that these wild birds are sensitive to the presence of humans. Therefore, simple noises from the footsteps and human voices can easily take them away. However, their whirlwinds and sounds will surely are soothing and refreshing throughout your stay.

Bird watching activities are a great way to understand the birds
Bird watching activities are a great way to understand the birds

Therefore, for those bird lovers out there, come and grab the opportunity to watch your favorite birds here in the Taman Negara Pahang National Park Malaysia. The months of May through August are the best time for you to visit and observe these birds as well as to find the specific species of birds that you yearned all this time.

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The Batek indigenous tribe in Taman Negara Pahang National Park

Indigenous Culture & Lifestyle | Taman Negara Pahang

Origin of Batek People

“Batek” or Bateq are indigenous people who belonged and lived in the rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. They also have known as the Ngok of the Forest People. These Bateq people have long bloodlines to the indigenous tribe of Semoq (in Johor), Mintil (in Ulu Gombak, Selangor) and Jahai (mostly located in the northern Perak). In the past decade, only 1,359 of the Batek population left been recorded. Due to the intrusion into their earlier habitat, nowadays they only can be found in Taman Negara Pahang National Park.

The outlook and characteristics

According to the records, these indigenous people of Batek have a wider root of the Mon-Khmer language family. Their migration to Malaysia dates back in thousands of years from Indo-China on foot across the mountains. Besides, they are also believed to have access to the interior of Malaysia through Thailand. Thus, this explained the similarity of their relatives with the indigenous people of Semoq, Negrito and Jahai. Overall, their physical features described with fine curly hair, sweet black skin, as well as round face shape.

The Batek indigenous tribe in Taman Negara Pahang National Park

The Batek’s Way of Life

  • They still practice their traditions and customs. In terms of living, their huts were made from bamboo leaves and the shape look like barns. There are roughly about 15 to 20 cottages in their village in Kampung Dedari, Pahang.
  • Survival depends on hunting wild animals and collecting forest products. This lifestyle is in line with their choice of living next to the forest as easier in restocking the household needs.
  • Previously, the practice of the indigenous people of Batek was nomadic. However, nowadays with the help of the authorities, they have begun to live in specific locations and building permanent homes. At times, they also build the habit of moving into the woods or along the riverbank and setting up temporary shelters for the purpose of collecting forest products.
  • The forest products are mostly their source of income for sale in the outdoor markets as well as for their daily use.
Visiting the Batek settlements is one of the programs in Taman Negara Pahang

Religious Practice in Life

In the past, the Batek indigenous people had an animistic belief. They believed in the spirit of nature, the forest, and the animals. Throughout the consistent care of the authorities in the survival of these Batek people, many of them now have been exposed to religious life and more converts to Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Educational Activity in Kuala Gandah |Taman Negara Pahang National Park Malaysia

Let’s talk about the second service offered in Kuala Gandah, shall we?! Can you guess what is it? It’s the Educational Activity! 😆

This educational activity is more towards an interactive tour whereby the tourists and visitors will be allowed to be as close as possible with the elephants. Isn’t it fascinating?! Not only that, you will get to learn of the significant information on Pusat Konservasi Gajah Kuala Gandah (National Elephant Conservation Center Kuala Gandah). Do you know that this activity is classified as an exclusive one? Why?? Well, let me tell you why!

Usually, the Educational Activity at Taman Negara, National Park Malaysia will be starting at 10.30 a.m. with a briefing from our knowledgeable guides given to the visitors and tourists. Then, the visitors and tourists will be brought to explore the baby elephants’ paddock. In this particular Educational Activity, the guides will bring the visitors and tourists to the backside of the paddock. Why is it exclusive again? Because only those who signed up for this activity can explore the paddock this close. Throughout this activity, our guides will share every detail information about a baby elephant.

If you think exploring the paddock is exclusive and fun enough, wait until you get to hand-feed and pet the baby elephants! Well, if you want to know how does it feels like to touch an elephant’s bare skin, come and signed up for this Educational Activity! 😆

The paddock and feeding sessions are definitely going to leave you with a great memory and experience. After that, the visitors and the tourists will be guided their way to the gallery whereby they will be exposed and taught on the method of catching and controlling a tame elephant at Taman Negara, National Park Malaysia. Don’t worry! Our guides are an expert at giving lectures and telling stories as they are full of humor! You will never get bored of listening to them. Haha!

After the gallery, we will be moving on to the ‘free-roaming area’. Here, the visitors and tourists can closely observe the adult elephants in doing their daily routines in the jungle. Aren’t you curious about what they did in the jungle??? 🐘🐘🐘

With the ‘free-roaming area’, it marks the end of the mesmerizing Educational Activity that is so compact with information, facts and great experiences. The visitors and tourists can grab some food at our Jumbo Café before continue with the afternoon session’s activity as per usual – afternoon activity can be read on our normal service’s post. Don’t forget to check it out!

Pssttt! Before I forgot, I wanted to tell you that this Educational Activity at Taman Negara, National Park Malaysia can be signed up as a group or individual. You will surely be satisfied with this exclusive activity! 👍 I will tell you more about what other services offered here in the next post alright?! Stay tuned!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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The mighty Mahseer fish are protected in Kelah Sanctuary at National Park Malaysia

8 Tip Pancing Ikan Kelah

Ikan Kelah bagaikan raja air tawar. Aktiviti memancing di Sungai Tahan, Taman Negara Pahang mula dibenarkan sejak Mei 2018. Setiap minggu, hanya hari Rabu dan Khamis sahaja aktiviti memancing ini dibuka kepada kaki pancing bersama syarat-syarat tertentu. Kawasan yang dibenarkan untuk memancing bermula dari Kuala Tahan sehingga Jeram Bahala, Sungai Tahan.

Antara target utama kaki pancing dalam aktiviti memancing ini adalah untuk mendaratkan raja si air tawar yang lasak, liar dan licik ini. Ikan kelah ini menjadi idaman para pemancing kerana ia umpama suatu kepuasan emas jika sesiapa berjaya menawannya.

Selain dari isinya yang sedap, sisiknya yang boleh dimakan, harganya boleh mencecah RM250 hingga RM300 sekilo. Bermakna, seekor ikan kelah mampu mencecah harga RM1,000 dan ke atas.

Ikan ini juga bijak dalam pengamatannnya terhadap persekitaran sekeliling. Mereka juga sangat sensitif dengan kehadiran manusia. Oleh itu, untuk menawan raja air tawar ini, kami kongsikan beberapa tip asas yang anda boleh praktikkan ketika anda memancing di Sungai Tahan ini.

Tip-tip Pancing Ikan Kelah

1. Jika anda datang dalam jumlah yang ramai, pastikan anda duduk tidak lebih dari 3 orang bagi setiap lubuk yang dipilih.

2. Minimumkan pergerakan dan jika ingin berbual, berbisik lebih memadai.

3. Pastikan persekitaran sangat senyap dari suara-suara manusia.

4. Gunakan umpan yang diperbuat daripada sawit yang dimasak atau yang diperam. Sawit peram ini dihasilkan dengan merendamnya di dalam air selama 2 minggu sehingga ia mengeluarkan bau dan sedikit berminyak. Umpan ini bertujuan untuk menarik ikan kelah ke arah pancing anda.

5. Sawit masak pula digunakan dengan cara menghirisnya dan diletakkan dicangkukkan pada mata kail. Anda juga boleh mencangkukkan sebiji sawit ini dan dicangkukkan pada 2 atau 3 mata kail.

6. Peralatan memancing anda perlulah sesuai untuk menewaskan ikan kelah apabila umpan dimakan. Ini kerana, ikan kelah sangat tangkas melepaskan diri.

7. Elakkan memakai baju berwarna terang.

8. Elakkan berendam kaki atau mandi kerana mereka sensitif dengan kehadiran manusia.

Aktiviti memancing di sini hanya dibuka dari jam 9.00 pagi sehingga 5.00 petang sahaja.

Gajah, Kulitnya Kasar Tetapi Sensitif

Pusat Konservasi Gajah Kebangsaan Kuala Gandah di Pahang menyediakan ruang dan peluang untuk orang ramai mengenali gajah dengan lebih dekat. Pusat ini menyelamatkan gajah yang cedera, memelihara dan memulihara spesies gajah yang semakin menyusut saban tahun.

Jumlah gajah di Semenanjung Malaysia kini berada di sekitar 1,000 hingga 1,100 ekor sahaja. Bilangan yang semakin terancam ini adalah disebabkan oleh aktiviti perburuan untuk meraih keuntungan besar dalam pasaran gelap dunia. Gajah di seluruh dunia diburu dan dibunuh bagi mendapatkan gading, tulang, dan dagingnya. Gadingnya sering digunakan untuk membuat barang kemas wanita, alat muzik, cap dan sebagainya.

Inisiatif Pusat Konservasi Gajah Kebangsaan Kuala Gandah ini dibuka sejak tahun 1989 adalah bagi melindungi dan memulihara gajah-gajah ini. Selain itu, pusat ini berterusan berusaha untuk mendidik dan menyebarkan kesedaran kepada masyarakat akan kepentingan peranan setiap individu dalam melindungi spesies gajah ini dari pupus.

Dengan itu, mereka membuka peluang kepada orang awam tidak kira sama ada rakyat Malaysia atau dari luar negara, untuk mendekati gajah-gajah ini dengan lebih dekat. Di sini pengunjung dapat memerhati tabiat gajah, bermesra dengan mereka, memberi makan dan belajar menyayangi mereka.

Di sini kami kongsikan beberapa fakta menarik tentang kulit gajah.

Kulit Kasar Tetapi Sensitif

Kebanyakkan bahagian badan gajah diselaputi kulit setebal 2.50cm berbanding kulit manusia yang hanya setebal 0.17cm.

•  Tetapi bahagian dalam telinga gajah, sekitar mulut, dan duburnya mempunyai kulit hanya setebal sehelai kertas! Kulit senipis ini penting bagi membolehkan gajah mengawal atur suhu badan mereka. Darah panas akan dialirkan ke telinga untuk disejukkan dengan bantuan jaringan pembuluh darah yang luas pada telinga mereka.

•  Ini samalah fungsinya seperti radiator kereta kita.

•  Selain itu, telinga yang dikibaskan akan menghasilkan angin yang nyaman, sama seperti kipas tangan yang kita gunakan.

• Mereka melindungi kulitnya yang sensitif dari sinaran ultraungu dengan berkubang di dalam lumpur dan melulurkannya ke badannya. Jika rutin ini tidak dilakukan dengan tetap, akan mengakibatkan kulit yang lebih sensitif, mudah rosak dan mudah diserang serangga.

• Gajah menjadikan debu yang disemburkan ke badannya sebagai kerak pelindung apabila ia kering.

• Kulit gajah Asia adakalanya menunjukkan depigmentasi di kawasan dahi, telinga dan kawasan kulit di sekitarnya.

• Kemampuan gajah untuk mengeluarkan haba panas daripada kulitnya adalah sedikit sukar kerana nisbah luas permukaan kulit terhadap isipadu tubuhnya yang jauh lebih rendah daripada manusia.

Tahukah Anda?

Gajah Afrika mempunyai telinga yang besarnya tiga kali ganda daripada gajah Asia. Ini kerana mereka memerlukan ‘radiator’ yang lebih besar untuk menyejukkan badan.

Anda ingin merasa tekstur kulit mereka sendiri? Anda ingin melihat keunikan kulit mereka dengan lebih dekat?

Datanglah ke Pusat Konservasi Gajah Kebangsaan Kuala Gandah bersama-sama dengan ahli keluarga atau rakan-rakan anda untuk cipta pengalaman baru bersama gajah-gajah kita!

  • Lokasi: Pusat Konservasi Gajah Kebangsaan Kuala Gandah, Jabatan Perhilitan, Kuala Gandah, 28500 Lanchang, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia.
  • Nombor Telefon : 017-509 4456
  • Waktu Buka & tutup : 8:00 a.m – 4:45 p.m
  • Laman Web : Pusat Konservasi Gajah
  • Harga Tiket: Pelawat digalakkan menggunakan perkhidmatan Pemandu Pelancong Berkemahiran Alam Semulajadi semasa berada di PKGK Kuala Gandah. Bayaran untuk seorang pemandu pelancong adalah sebanyak RM50.00 (maksimum 12 orang pelawat bagi seorang pemandu pelancong.

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