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Ecotourism @ Belum Temenggor

It’s World šŸŒšŸ—ŗļøĀ Habitat Day today, every year theĀ 1ļøāƒ£st Monday of October

Yeahā€¼ļøSiennyLovesDrawingĀ šŸ‘©šŸ»Ā is gonna sharing šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸ’»šŸ“ about her recent volunteer participation with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), a non-governmental non-profit organization (NGO) to learn aboutĀ ecotourismĀ šŸ’š @ Belum TemenggoršŸŒ³šŸŒ³, in particularĀ hornbillĀ conservation & habitat for its local communities ~ indigenous people aka orang asli šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½in Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ā€™s national language

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Since 2004, MNS aims to promotingĀ hornbills conservation in Belum Temenggor Forest Complex šŸŒ³šŸŒ³Ā (BTFC)(1ļøāƒ£of the oldest virgin rainforest on Earth,Ā 130 million years old) & to enhancing public awareness of the importance of hornbills to the rainforests’šŸŒ³šŸŒ³Ā ecosystem šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ»

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Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ is home šŸ” to šŸ”ŸĀ Malaysian hornbills & dubbed the ā€˜Hornbill Capital of the WorldšŸŒā€™ with its Perak state being recognized as the Land of Hornbills

  1. Oriental Pied Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_pied_hornbill
  2. Black Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hornbill
  3. Bushy-crested Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushy-crested_hornbill
  4. White-crowned Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-crowned_hornbill
  5. Wreathed Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreathed_hornbill
  6. Wrinkled Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrinkled_hornbill
  7. Plain-pouched Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain-pouched_hornbill
  8. Great Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_hornbill
  9. Rhinoceros Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhinoceros_hornbill
  10. Helmeted Hornbill, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmeted_hornbill

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Not only Borneoā€¼ļø Yes āœ…, in fact Peninsular Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾Ā with allĀ  šŸ”ŸĀ hornbill species comparatively šŸ˜ƒ

This volunteer participation has recalled her memory ofĀ 1ļøāƒ£st hornbill feeding @ Pangkor IslandĀ early this year

 

BTFC šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ aka Northern Peninsular MalaysiašŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ā€™s Natural Jewels šŸ’Ž, the only remaining contiguous block to tropical rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ which linking to Southern Thailand šŸ‡¹šŸ‡­ i.e. Bang Lang National Park & Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, also part of the Titiwangsa Range šŸ’š

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Currently, only BTFC šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ & the Greater Ulu Muda Forest Complex šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ are on par for the hornbill diversity in Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾, then together with the Southern Thailand šŸ‡¹šŸ‡­, all made up for the Hornbill Triangle (HoT)šŸ”ŗ

Hornbills get its name from its horn-like projection i.e. a casque on their beaks (Hmm…Not all hornbill species have them though) šŸ˜Š

Hornbills are well known as the farmers šŸ‘ØšŸ»ā€šŸŒ¾šŸ‘©šŸ»ā€šŸŒ¾ of the rainforestsĀ šŸŒ³šŸŒ³

Ohhā€¦Whyā“ā‰ļø

Hornbills fly long distances looking for fruitsšŸŽšŸĀ & swallow fruitsšŸŽšŸin whole. Hmm…Some fruits šŸŽšŸĀ are with big seeds. As they spit out countless seeds, some seeds find a place to grow & become new šŸ†• trees šŸŒ³šŸŒ³

However, really dissappointed & sad šŸ˜§šŸ˜”Ā that some of the hornbill species are experiencing critically endangered & vulnerable.Ā In this connection, if lesser ā¬‡ļø hornbills, many rainforest trees šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ that depend on them to spread their seeds may disappear from the rainforestĀ šŸŒ³šŸŒ³eventually

Whyā“ā‰ļø Whyā“ā‰ļøWhyā“ā‰ļø

Some of the main reasons are destruction/ loss ofĀ the hornbillsā€™ habitats & degradation due to deforestationĀ (Photo šŸ“øĀ below captured from BRAINS Summit 2018), fragmentation of rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³, illegal logging (Photo šŸ“øĀ below captured by SiennyLovesDrawingĀ šŸ‘©šŸ»Ā during her volunteer trip), poaching & hunting, conversion to agriculture e.g. oil palm plantations, over-development etc. šŸ˜§šŸ˜”

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As the rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³disappear, so does indigenous peoplesā€™šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½culture too šŸ˜§šŸ˜”Ā as theirĀ living style very much depended on theĀ rainforestsĀ šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ for medicine, shelter, food, other necessities etc.Ā They are not known to take more than what they need as this would be seen as a transgression of the rainforest šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ & would bring curses to their people. So, the destruction of their prime resource is resulting in the destruction of their traditional ways of life šŸ˜§šŸ˜”

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You may not aware that BTFC šŸŒ³šŸŒ³consists of 2ļøāƒ£ big parts,

  1. Temengor Forest Reserve ~ the southern part of BTFC is largely a production forestĀ šŸŒ³šŸŒ³
  2. Royal Belum State Park ~ the northern part, a protected areašŸŒ³šŸŒ³

MNS has been working hard for years to get the whole BTFC a protected area šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ with itsĀ ecotourism šŸ’š efforts šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ»šŸ’ŖšŸ»Ā Hope they will achieve success very soon

ā€œMY forest šŸŒ³ , MY wildlife, MY responsibilityā€

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Curious šŸ¤” about what SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» has participated & learnt during her 4ļøāƒ£D3ļøāƒ£N volunteering with MNSā“ā‰ļø

MNS Hornbill FestivalšŸŽ‰šŸŽŠ

The 1ļøāƒ£st Ā festival šŸŽ‰šŸŽŠĀ & annually every 16 Septto bring awareness & encourage orang aslišŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½communities to participate for hornbill conservation under the Malaysian šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ implementation of the project, My Forest ~ ā€œStrengthening Non-State Actor Involvement in Forest Governance in Indonesia šŸ‡®šŸ‡© , Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ , the Philippines šŸ‡µšŸ‡­ & Papua New Guinea šŸ‡µšŸ‡¬ ā€ which funded by the European Union šŸ‡ŖšŸ‡ŗ

She has captured an interview clipĀ šŸ“¹šŸŽ„Ā withĀ Mr Balu, the Head of Conservation with MNS ~Ā “Hornbill Conservation Effort by MNS

MY forest is a highā¬†ļø-impact partnership, as it looks at MalaysiašŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ā€™s natural šŸ’š heritage ~ rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ & how non-state actors ~ non-governmental organisations, civil societies, local communities, the private sector & the public ā€“ can inform & change policies towards better rainforest governance.Ā  Under thisĀ 5ļøāƒ£-year project (2017-2021), MNS is tasked with building the capacity of non-state actors from all around Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾Ā to engage more effectively with the government in protecting MalaysiašŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ā€™s rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³

 

She had great interactions with the orang asli kids šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½Ā & adultsšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½about nature awareness, artšŸŽØšŸ–activities, sumpit, balloonsšŸŽˆšŸŽˆ, survey questionnairesā“ā“etc. by using simple Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ ‘s national language ~ Bahasa Melayu šŸ‘ŒšŸ»āœŒšŸ»šŸ‘šŸ»

She got inspired by the orang asli hornbill guardians’ passionĀ šŸ’—Ā towards hornbills conservation šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ»Ā Truly motivated with the positivity šŸ™šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»Really wish local communities here with skills gained from ecotourism efforts by MNS to improving their overall living lifestyle & being happy self sufficient šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ’ŖšŸ»šŸ™ŒšŸ»

A short clip šŸ“¹šŸŽ„Ā about this 1ļøāƒ£st hornbill festival šŸŽ‰šŸŽŠ, do enjoy yaĀ šŸ˜ƒ

Orang Asli Villages Visit

Chuweh Village

Arrival & impressed with its beautiful scenery from this village

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SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ»Ā & team went to visit the Hornbill House šŸ”Ā aka Rumah Enggang šŸ” in Malaysia šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾ ā€™s national language.Ā Each MNS volunteers period only for 4ļøāƒ£ļøpax due to the limited space

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SheĀ šŸ‘©šŸ»Ā didn’t stay here due to her volunteer team with 9ļøāƒ£ļøpax. Communicated to 1ļøāƒ£ļøĀ of the volunteer named Ms ChristinešŸ™‹ā€ā™€ļøwho stayed here & she complimented that she really enjoyed thisĀ 5ļøāƒ£ļøĀ star ā­šŸ‘šŸ‘†volunteeringĀ accommodation šŸ” in this village

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A briefing by Mr Yeap & the orang asli hornbill guardians to all volunteers about the hornbills counting

Then, shešŸ‘©šŸ»has learnt & experienced the use of blowgun aka sumpitĀ šŸ˜€Ā Obviously she failed miserably, perhaps a good reason to volunteer again next Aug/ Sept, Ha…Ha…

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Tasted some orang asli traditional dishes as tea time e.g. Perah nuts šŸ„œ(Oppsss…Superb addictive delicious šŸ˜‹šŸ¤¤ā€¼ļø She even has placed next order šŸ“ŒĀ of 2ļøāƒ£ļøkgs with Mr WoošŸ™‹šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ¤£šŸ˜†),Ā cassavaĀ & wild fern (paku pakis) from forest šŸŒ³šŸŒ³etc.

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Had a short chat šŸ—£šŸ‘¤with Mr YeapšŸ™‹šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļø, the Senior Conservation Officer with MNSĀ on hornbill studies for almost 1ļøāƒ£8ļøāƒ£ years & pursuing his PhD.Ā Do enjoy an interview clip šŸ“¹šŸŽ„Ā with him about his hornbill conservation experiences

Tebang Village

SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ» has went here for the evening šŸ™ hornbill counting šŸ”¢

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Guess whatā“ā‰ļø

She really viewed the flyingĀ Oriental Pied hornbills twice with binocularā€¼ļøSo so happyšŸ˜ƒšŸ˜

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Also viewed the wild elephants šŸ˜šŸ˜Ā crossed the river šŸ’¦šŸ’§Yeahā€¼ļø So so lucky šŸ€Ā for herself & volunteers team as the visitors to the rainforest

However, Mr Yeap šŸ™‹šŸ»ā€ā™‚ļøĀ has alerted that if elephants šŸ˜šŸ˜Ā are so near to human, it’s bad news to the orang asli as the elephants šŸ˜šŸ˜ gonna destroy their housesĀ šŸ”šŸ” & crops plantedšŸŒ±šŸŒæSigh…

She has met the youngest volunteer named Shane šŸ‘¦šŸ», 6ļøāƒ£ years old & son to Ms Christine (BlueĀ šŸ’™ t-shirt in the photosĀ šŸ“øšŸ“øĀ below).Ā Highly recommended šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘†šŸ»asĀ 1ļøāƒ£ of the great education opportunities & childhood memories for kids

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It was really fun to interact with the orang asli kids, they are just so simple & adorable, missed them a lotĀ šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½

 

An interview šŸ“¹šŸŽ„Ā clip with Mr Woo Chee Yong, the conservation research assistant with MNS on “Why to participate for Hornbill Volunteer Programmeā“ā‰ļø”

Despite learning about hornbill conservation & orang asli šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½living, SiennyLovesDrawing šŸ‘©šŸ»Ā would like to share some exciting moments during her short volunteering,

  • Jungle šŸŒ³šŸŒ³Ā trekkingšŸš¶ā€ā™‚ļøšŸš¶ā€ā™€ļø& sunset šŸŒ…Ā cruiseĀ šŸš¤
  • Rafflesia spots (However, it wasn’t the Rafflesia blossom season, so she just got to view some flower buds & dried dead Rafflesia)
  • Elephant šŸ˜Ā saltlicks aka Sira Gajah
  • Observed elephants foot prints & poo poo, sun bear paw prints on tree trunk etc.

You may contact a friendly & helpful nature tour guide with boat services, Mr Muhammad Ali šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøĀ either his personal FB šŸŒĀ https://www.facebook.com/alie.gowloq or šŸ“žā˜ŽļøšŸ“±contact him +6013-4681040, he can customise your tour around BTFC šŸŒ³šŸŒ³Ā accordingly

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Yes āœ… She did it šŸ’ŖšŸ»Ā How about youā“ā‰ļø

Letā€™s sign up for MNS hornbill volunteerĀ šŸŒĀ https://myforestwatch.weebly.com/my-hornbills.html

It subjects for a fee as MNS is a NGO & unable to fund the volunteersā€™ transportation šŸšŒšŸš¤, accommodation šŸ” & meals šŸ½šŸ“

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She also attended the BRAINS Summit 2018 ~Ā ā€˜Forest Biodiversity & Community: A Balanced Approach for Sustainable Developmentā€™, the 2ļøāƒ£nd iteration bi-annually with 80 delegates i.e. researchers, conservationists, orang asli communities & official representatives from government bodies to discuss pertinent issues affecting the survival & sustainable use of the BTFCšŸŒ³šŸŒ³

It was officially opened by the Duli Yang Amat Mulia Raja DiHilir of PerakšŸ¤“šŸ½, Raja Iskandar Dzurkarnain ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris Aā€™fifullah Shah

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ā€œSeeing all these stakeholders šŸ‘«šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬gathered is a good sign šŸ‘šŸ» that we as Malaysians šŸ‡²šŸ‡¾šŸ‘­šŸ‘¬šŸ‘« are ready to commit to conservation. The themes that will be discussed during this summit have significant ramifications for the future of our rain forests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³ We are talking about boosting ecotourism šŸ’š to assist the local communities šŸ‘¶šŸ½šŸ‘§šŸ½šŸ§’šŸ½šŸ‘¦šŸ½šŸ§‘šŸ½šŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™€ļøšŸ™‹šŸ½ā€ā™‚ļøšŸ‘µšŸ½šŸ§“šŸ½šŸ‘“šŸ½or a form of fundingšŸ’°to maintain the rain forests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³

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I am confident that given enough time & support from all the relevant parties, we will be able to reduce ā¬‡ļø our dependence on logging & ensure the continued survival of our rain forestsšŸŒ³šŸŒ³ā€Ā said Tuan Haji Ahmad Khalif bin Tan Sri Mustapha KamalšŸ‘ØšŸ½ā€šŸ’¼, the Executive Director of the EMKAY Group & a Trustee of the Pulau Banding Foundation

Sharing a clipĀ šŸ“¹šŸŽ„Ā captured by R.AGE & highlighted in the summit ~ Voices of orang asli communities

Conservation NGOs’ stalls, tree planting ceremony, statistics šŸ“ˆšŸ“ŠšŸ“‰ & findings relating to rainforests šŸŒ³šŸŒ³Ā were presented too. More details via šŸŒ http://www.brains2018.com/ &Ā šŸŒ http://www.brainsfeed.org/

In summary, she had a happy volunteeringāœŒšŸ»šŸ˜‰

 

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