Thursday, June 07, 2007

Taman Negeri Endau Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia

First thing first, Taman Negara Endau Rompin is not the same with Taman Negeri Endau Rompin.

Endau Rompin is located on the Johor - Pahang border, both state governments have set up separate state management to manage the 870sq. km area which covers a total of 92,000 hectares (roughly one and a half times the size of Singapore).

There are two entry points to the Endau Rompin park, Kampung Peta via Kahang (please refer to my blog dated in Oct 2006 titled Endau Rompin National Park, Johor). This blog that you are reading talks about Taman Negeri Endau Rompin, Pahang (the area is still retained as a forest reserve and has yet to be cited as a national park). It is nestles within the Lesong forest reserve and is a popular picnic destination among the locals and popular among the nature lovers for activities like bird watching, fishing ...and camping.

To get there, take the KL-Seremban highway and head toward Seremban town, take the Kuala Pilah route going toward Rompin (from Seremban town), and by the time you reach Rompin (the taman negeri park is 35km from Rompin town) look out for the signage for Taman Negeri Endau Rompin and/or Selendang (Felda plantation) and it is that simple.

the beautiful river

the chalet

the trail

What can you expect from Taman Negeri Endau Rompin? Giant trees, lush green foliage, tigers, elephants, and lots of wild, dangerous animals? But there is much more to it than just that. One can easily overlook the smaller, harmless and just as important inhabitants. What about swooping squirrels, timid mousedeers, dung beetles, lantern bugs, bats, variety of birds, primates and many more that exist in this complex piece of land.

Here are some of them...

1. Plenty of oak trees in Taman Negeri Endau Rompin and there were few of them standing right in front of our chalet...the squirrels and the birds frolic right in front of our chalet endlessly for acorn.

Much like the character called Scrat in the film called Ice Age ( the fictional saber toothed squirrel) in our beautiful tropical rainforest?

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Acorn is the fruit of the oak tree. It is a nut, containing a single seed, enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns are one of the most important wildlife foods in areas where oaks occur. Creatures that make acorns an important part of their diet include birds, squirrels, woodpeckers and others.

2. White Rumped Shama 

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3. The dung beetle (right click, open link in new tab) hard at work balling the dung/feast

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4. Spidey

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5. Gecko (right click, open link in new tab), the locals called them "cicak ayam" because of the loud cry they made resembling the singing (crowing) of a rooster

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There are other beautiful creatures out there waiting for you to explore...


Leech (right click, open link in new tab)

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