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Ecotourism @ Belum Temenggor

It’s World ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธย Habitat Day today, every year theย 1๏ธโƒฃst Monday of October

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธSiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย is gonna sharing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ about her recent volunteer participation with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), a non-governmental non-profit organization (NGO) to learn aboutย ecotourismย ๐Ÿ’š @ Belum Temenggor๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ, in particularย hornbillย conservation & habitat for its local communities ~ indigenous people aka orang asli ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝin Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พโ€™s national language

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Since 2004, MNS aims to promotingย hornbills conservation in Belum Temenggor Forest Complex ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณย (BTFC)(1๏ธโƒฃof the oldest virgin rainforest on Earth,ย 130 million years old) & to enhancing public awareness of the importance of hornbills to the rainforests’๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณย ecosystem ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

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Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ is home ๐Ÿก to ๐Ÿ”Ÿย Malaysian hornbills & dubbed the โ€˜Hornbill Capital of the World๐ŸŒโ€™ 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 Borneoโ€ผ๏ธ Yes โœ…, in fact Peninsular Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พย with allย  ๐Ÿ”Ÿย hornbill species comparatively ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This volunteer participation has recalled her memory ofย 1๏ธโƒฃst hornbill feeding @ Pangkor Islandย early this year

 

BTFC ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ aka Northern Peninsular Malaysia๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พโ€™s Natural Jewels ๐Ÿ’Ž, the only remaining contiguous block to tropical rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ which linking to Southern Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ i.e. Bang Lang National Park & Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, also part of the Titiwangsa Range ๐Ÿ’š

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Currently, only BTFC ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ & the Greater Ulu Muda Forest Complex ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ are on par for the hornbill diversity in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ, then together with the Southern Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ, all made up for the Hornbill Triangle (HoT)๐Ÿ”บ

Hornbills get its name from its horn-like projection i.e. a casque on their beaks (Hmm…Not all hornbill species have them though) ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hornbills are well known as the farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ of the rainforestsย ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

Ohhโ€ฆWhyโ“โ‰๏ธ

Hornbills fly long distances looking for fruits๐ŸŽ๐Ÿย & swallow fruits๐ŸŽ๐Ÿin whole. Hmm…Some fruits ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿย are with big seeds. As they spit out countless seeds, some seeds find a place to grow & become new ๐Ÿ†• trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

However, really dissappointed & sad ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜”ย that some of the hornbill species are experiencing critically endangered & vulnerable.ย In this connection, if lesser โฌ‡๏ธ hornbills, many rainforest trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ that depend on them to spread their seeds may disappear from the rainforestย ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณeventually

Whyโ“โ‰๏ธ Whyโ“โ‰๏ธWhyโ“โ‰๏ธ

Some of the main reasons are destruction/ loss ofย the hornbillsโ€™ habitats & degradation due to deforestationย (Photo ๐Ÿ“ธย below captured from BRAINS Summit 2018), fragmentation of rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ, illegal logging (Photo ๐Ÿ“ธย below captured by SiennyLovesDrawingย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย during her volunteer trip), poaching & hunting, conversion to agriculture e.g. oil palm plantations, over-development etc. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜”

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As the rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณdisappear, so does indigenous peoplesโ€™๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝculture too ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜”ย as theirย living style very much depended on theย rainforestsย ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ for medicine, shelter, food, other necessities etc.ย They are not known to take more than what they need as this would be seen as a transgression of the rainforest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ & would bring curses to their people. So, the destruction of their prime resource is resulting in the destruction of their traditional ways of life ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜”

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You may not aware that BTFC ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณconsists of 2๏ธโƒฃ big parts,

  1. Temengor Forest Reserve ~ the southern part of BTFC is largely a production forestย ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ
  2. Royal Belum State Park ~ the northern part, a protected area๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

MNS has been working hard for years to get the whole BTFC a protected area ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ with itsย ecotourism ๐Ÿ’š efforts ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿปย Hope they will achieve success very soon

โ€œMY forest ๐ŸŒณ , MY wildlife, MY responsibilityโ€

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Curious ๐Ÿค” about what SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has participated & learnt during her 4๏ธโƒฃD3๏ธโƒฃN volunteering with MNSโ“โ‰๏ธ

MNS Hornbill Festival๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

The 1๏ธโƒฃst ย festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠย & annually every 16 Septto bring awareness & encourage orang asli๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝcommunities to participate for hornbill conservation under the Malaysian ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ implementation of the project, My Forest ~ โ€œStrengthening Non-State Actor Involvement in Forest Governance in Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ , Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ , the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ & Papua New Guinea ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฌ โ€ which funded by the European Union ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

She has captured an interview clipย ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅย withย Mr Balu, the Head of Conservation with MNS ~ย “Hornbill Conservation Effort by MNS

MY forest is a highโฌ†๏ธ-impact partnership, as it looks at Malaysia๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พโ€™s natural ๐Ÿ’š heritage ~ rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ & how non-state actors ~ non-governmental organisations, civil societies, local communities, the private sector & the public โ€“ can inform & change policies towards better rainforest governance.ย  Under thisย 5๏ธโƒฃ-year project (2017-2021), MNS is tasked with building the capacity of non-state actors from all around Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พย to engage more effectively with the government in protecting Malaysia๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พโ€™s rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

 

She had great interactions with the orang asli kids ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝย & adults๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝabout nature awareness, art๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–activities, sumpit, balloons๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ, survey questionnairesโ“โ“etc. by using simple Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ ‘s national language ~ Bahasa Melayu ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

She got inspired by the orang asli hornbill guardians’ passionย ๐Ÿ’—ย towards hornbills conservation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปย Truly motivated with the positivity ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸปReally wish local communities here with skills gained from ecotourism efforts by MNS to improving their overall living lifestyle & being happy self sufficient ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

A short clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅย about this 1๏ธโƒฃst hornbill festival ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ, do enjoy yaย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Orang Asli Villages Visit

Chuweh Village

Arrival & impressed with its beautiful scenery from this village

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SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย & team went to visit the Hornbill House ๐Ÿกย aka Rumah Enggang ๐Ÿก in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ โ€™s national language.ย Each MNS volunteers period only for 4๏ธโƒฃ๏ธpax due to the limited space

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Sheย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย didn’t stay here due to her volunteer team with 9๏ธโƒฃ๏ธpax. Communicated to 1๏ธโƒฃ๏ธย of the volunteer named Ms Christine๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธwho stayed here & she complimented that she really enjoyed thisย 5๏ธโƒฃ๏ธย star โญ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘†volunteeringย accommodation ๐Ÿก 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, she๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปhas learnt & experienced the use of blowgun aka sumpitย ๐Ÿ˜€ย 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 ๐Ÿฅœ(Oppsss…Superb addictive delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคคโ€ผ๏ธ She even has placed next order ๐Ÿ“Œย of 2๏ธโƒฃ๏ธkgs with Mr Woo๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†),ย cassavaย & wild fern (paku pakis) from forest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณetc.

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Had a short chat ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘คwith Mr Yeap๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ, the Senior Conservation Officer with MNSย on hornbill studies for almost 1๏ธโƒฃ8๏ธโƒฃ years & pursuing his PhD.ย Do enjoy an interview clip ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅย with him about his hornbill conservation experiences

Tebang Village

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has went here for the evening ๐Ÿ™ hornbill counting ๐Ÿ”ข

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Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

She really viewed the flyingย Oriental Pied hornbills twice with binocularโ€ผ๏ธSo so happy๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

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Also viewed the wild elephants ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย crossed the river ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’งYeahโ€ผ๏ธ So so lucky ๐Ÿ€ย for herself & volunteers team as the visitors to the rainforest

However, Mr Yeap ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธย has alerted that if elephants ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย are so near to human, it’s bad news to the orang asli as the elephants ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ gonna destroy their housesย ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก & crops planted๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟSigh…

She has met the youngest volunteer named Shane ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป, 6๏ธโƒฃ years old & son to Ms Christine (Blueย ๐Ÿ’™ t-shirt in the photosย ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธย below).ย Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปasย 1๏ธโƒฃ 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 lotย ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ

 

An interview ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅย clip with Mr Woo Chee Yong, the conservation research assistant with MNS on “Why to participate for Hornbill Volunteer Programmeโ“โ‰๏ธ”

Despite learning about hornbill conservation & orang asli ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝliving, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย would like to share some exciting moments during her short volunteering,

  • Jungle ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณย trekking๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ& sunset ๐ŸŒ…ย cruiseย ๐Ÿšค
  • Rafflesia spots (However, it wasn’t the Rafflesia blossom season, so she just got to view some flower buds & dried dead Rafflesia)
  • Elephant ๐Ÿ˜ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธย either his personal FB ๐ŸŒย https://www.facebook.com/alie.gowloq or ๐Ÿ“žโ˜Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑcontact him +6013-4681040, he can customise your tour around BTFC ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณย accordingly

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Yes โœ… She did it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿปย How about youโ“โ‰๏ธ

Letโ€™s sign up for MNS hornbill volunteerย ๐ŸŒย https://myforestwatch.weebly.com/my-hornbills.html

It subjects for a fee as MNS is a NGO & unable to fund the volunteersโ€™ transportation ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿšค, accommodation ๐Ÿก & meals ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด

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She also attended the BRAINS Summit 2018 ~ย โ€˜Forest Biodiversity & Community: A Balanced Approach for Sustainable Developmentโ€™, the 2๏ธโƒฃnd 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 BTFC๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

It was officially opened by the Duli Yang Amat Mulia Raja DiHilir of Perak๐Ÿคด๐Ÿฝ, Raja Iskandar Dzurkarnain ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris Aโ€™fifullah Shah

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โ€œSeeing all these stakeholders ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌgathered is a good sign ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป that we as Malaysians ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ 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 ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ We are talking about boosting ecotourism ๐Ÿ’š to assist the local communities ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿง“๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝor a form of funding๐Ÿ’ฐto maintain the rain forests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

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I am confident that given enough time & support from all the relevant parties, we will be able to reduce โฌ‡๏ธ our dependence on logging & ensure the continued survival of our rain forests๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณโ€ย said Tuan Haji Ahmad Khalif bin Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ผ, the Executive Director of the EMKAY Group & a Trustee of the Pulau Banding Foundation

Sharing a clipย ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅย captured by R.AGE & highlighted in the summit ~ Voices of orang asli communities

Conservation NGOs’ stalls, tree planting ceremony, statistics ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“‰ & findings relating to rainforests ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณย were presented too. More details via ๐ŸŒ http://www.brains2018.com/ &ย ๐ŸŒ http://www.brainsfeed.org/

In summary, she had a happy volunteeringโœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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