Nature Appreciation Trip to Endau Rompin National Park

April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Endau Rompin National Park is the second largest national park located on the Peninsular Malaysia. The park covers an area of approximately 870 square kilometres and straddles two states in the Peninsular – Pahang and Johor. Malaysians will always be grateful to the two individuals who first highlighted its importance in nature, namely H.W Lake and Lieutenant H.J. Kelsall. It was these two individuals who first went into the Endau-Kluang area to conduct scientific research and documentation on the area. They recorded and noted a healthy number of large animals traversing the area.

Lake and Kelsall’s documentation prompted the government to declare the Endau-Kluang area as a forest reserve in 1933. The area of the reserve was expanded 39 years later to include an area within the Lesong Forest Reserve in Pahang. Though the federal government came up with a proposal to protect 2,000 square kilometres of the complex as a national park, disputes prevented the creation of a national park at that time. In 1985, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks proposed roughly the same areas to be gazetted as wildlife sanctuary to protect the Sumatran rhinoceros, which by then was hunted almost to the endangered level.

The Buaya Sangkut Waterfall is as equally as breathtaking as the Sg Gabai Waterfall

One of the ongoing problems faced by the state of Johor was the issue of logging. It was discovered that logging activities had spilled over into the forest reserve, threatening to devastate the area. The Malaysian Nature Society, in their efforts of preserving the forest reserve, conducted a scientific study in 1984 into the area, completely funded by the public. Through its efforts, 25 new species were discovered. Following this, the government of Johor agreed to allow a further 251.95 square kilometres of the area to be gazetted as a national park. The area was again enlarged upon the agreement of Pahang and Johor and was finally created as the Endau Rompin National Park in 1993.

For those who would have yet to visit this beautiful national Park, the Malaysian Nature Society will be organising a 4 days 3 nights nature appreciation trip to Endau Rompin National Park and Buaya Sangkut waterfalls from the 30th April till 3rd May 2011. Participants will get a chance to experience outdoor camping at Kuala Marong campsite and a challenging trek to Buaya Sangkut waterfalls. This trip will cost RM430 for MNS members and RM500 for non-members (the fee includes a 1-year membership). This cost covers the park entrance fees, park campsite fees, rental of tents, guides’ fees, boat transfers and meals – 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and evening tea. There will be a pre-trip briefing to be held at the Malaysian Nature Society headquarters on the 27th April 2011 at 6.30 pm. Those who are interested to book a place, please contact Mr. Gary Phong through his email – garyphong@netscape.net or call 013 383 6288.

Photos (c) Azmil77, Auswandern Malaysia

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