The rich biodiversity of Belum state park

Posing for a picture in front of the giant trunk of camphor tree. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

IPOH (Sin Chew Daily) -- Covered by virgin forests at an altitude of 1,500 feet above the sea level, the Royal Belum State Park in northeastern Perak boasts a complete ecosystem with its immeasurable wealth of flora and fauna.

The park has more than 300 species of animals, including 14 that are critically endangered, such as the Malayan tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros, Asian elephants and Malayan tapirs.

Royal Belum State Park is also home to countless of bird species, and you are bound to be awakened by the symphony of chirping birds every morning.

Notably, the park is almost devoid of mosquitoes, as they have been eaten up by bats and swallows.

We are told that a bat will spend its only two waking hours each day hunting for food, and could engulf up to 2,700 mosquitoes each night.

You may also be amazed by the fact that Belum is also home to ten different species of hornbills, more than what you can expect in Sarawak, the Land of Hornbills!

To gauge whether a place is polluted, the number of surviving insect species should serve as a perfect yardstick as these tiny living things are highly sensitive to changes in the environment.

There are thousands of aquatic insect species alone in Belum. And the ants there can grow up to 2cm long!

Fish abound in its many rivers and ponds. There are at least 240 fish species in the park with toman being the most commonly found.

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