With a string of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Malaysia is a country teeming with exciting flora and fauna. Read on and find out about some of the country’s major wildlife hubs.
Taman Negara National Park
Established between 1938 and 1939, Taman Negara National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Located close to Titiwangsa Mountains, the park protects several species of animals and birds including the famous Malayan tiger, crab-eating macaque, gaur, Indian elephant, Argus, red jungle fowl, and mahseer. The endangered Malayan peacock-pheasant can also be spotted here. Apart from observing the wildlife, you can enjoy numerous other outdoor activities like hiking, trekking, caving, fishing, and camping.
Endau-Rompin National Park
Nestled amidst the Tenasserim Hills, Endau-Rompin National Park is the second largest national park in Malaysia. Established in 1993 with an aim to preserve the country’s dwindling wildlife, the park boasts the largest population of threatened Northern Sumatran rhinoceros. Other animals living in the park include the white-handed gibbon, Malaysian tiger, wild boar, tapir, slow loris, deer, and long-tail macaques. Hornbills and Kingfishers can also be spotted in the park.
Turtle Islands National Park
Comprising of three small islands namely Selingaan, Little Bakkungan and Gulisaan and several tiny corals, Turtle Island National Park is a popular tourist attraction in the country. Set up in 1977 to conserve the endangered green and hawksbill turtles, the park provides its visitors an excellent opportunity to watch turtle landings, breeding and hatching. As the process of turtle landing takes places after dusk, an overnight stay in the nearby accommodation is usually recommended.
Kuching Wetlands National Park
Kuching Wetlands National Park is one of the famous parks in Malaysia. Made up of three major ecosystems – marine, coastal and freshwater, it has a large population of birds and animals including the endangered proboscis monkey, long-tailed macaques, silver langurs, mudskippers, white bellied sea eagles and horse shoe crabs.
Located on the western coast of Sabah, Kinabalu Park is one of the earliest established national parks in the country. This popular UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 4,500 different species of birds, reptiles and animals including the ochraceous bulbul, philautus bunitus male, crested dragon, black and golden cicada and orb web spider. Kinabalu Giant Red Leech and Kinabalu Giant Earthworm are the two endemic reptiles found in the park. Also, Nepenthes rajah, the famous carnivore plant, is found here.