Tuesday, September 11, 2012

#SaySomethingNice – Our Gunung and Parks

Unesco has named 4 sites in Malaysia as World Heritages, and Gunung Mulu National Park is one of them. Lesser known than its counterparts; Taman Negara or Endau Rompin National Parks, Gunung Mulu National Park is a Bornean wonder.

Gunung Mulu National Park has been found to be the habitat of eight species of hornbills including the Sarawak state emblem, the White-crowned Hornbill. The only bear known in South-East Asia, the Malaysian sun bear, has been spotted. Also, twenty seven bat species, the bearded pigs, shrews, tarsiers, macaques, squirrels, and three types of deer have been identified as inhabitants of the national park.

The park resides the biggest natural cave chamber, named Sarawak Chamber. The formation of the limestone chamber is so huge that it can fit in around 40 Boeing 747s. Nearby there is the Deer Cave, which has been regarded as having the largest single cave passage in the world for many years.

Named after the adjacent Mount Mulu, the national park is famous for its limestone karts formation. 2377 meters in sandstone height, Gunung Mulu features are gargantuan caves, cave networks, rock pinnacles, cliffs, and gorges. Regarded as a world’s wonder, in 1977, 100 scientists from the Royal Geographical Society of Britain spent 15 months there on their field research. 

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