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Be kind to nature

Part 1

By Yong It Ching & Henry Goh

Yong It Ching (far right) and Henry Goh (second left) with friends.

The temperature has been very hot and humid since end of April till now.  We experienced heat cramps and exhaustion. Excessive sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in the muscles caused painful cramps. A strong reason why we need trees to cool down our ecosystem.

Being kind to nature help build serenity around you. The shade provided by the forest trees helps to cool the environment. You begin to feel relax and at peace with yourself. The forest have many surprises. During my recent visit to Tabin Wildlife Reserve – the Tabin Giant Tree and Lipad mud volcano were eye-openers.

Tabin giant tree
Lipad mud volcano

A recent trip to Tabin Wildlife Reserve gave me some exciting moments and a great insight of the forest environment. It was very exciting to see Hornbills happily perching on the tall trees, spreading their large wings to dry their feathers with no concern of danger. We saw four species Hornbills, namely the Rhinoceros Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied hornbill and Bushy Crested hornbill and it sparked our excitement. Watching them fly pass in the open forest are just so majestic and breathtaking for us.  

Seeing the Crested serpent eagle perching quietly in open on a dry branch waiting for its prey is so amazing. All the more we should work hard towards protecting and preserving the environment to ensure our future generations could enjoy watching the birds and wildlife.

The Lipad Mud Volcano

At the Lipad mud volcano

The Lipad mud volcano was founded about 60 years ago during the logging days. Those days the ground was flat and a big pond was created by groups of Pigmy elephants.

As years pass the mud Volcano began to fill up and grew higher.

Now with the hot dry season the mud Volcano looks dried up but when one goes near the volcano site one can see many small openings with the watery mud bubbling out slowly. Watching the volcano mud bubble from the ground is an interesting sight. Small little holes form around the volcano site. The mineral contents in the mud make it appear like oil is present. The mud volcano also provides clean drinking water for the wildlife in the forest.

When I scoop the mud with my fingers it felt buttery soft. The soft mud is also good for face. I apply a thick portion on my face. It is odourless and was not hot. The soft mud which I applied on my face also served as a sun block for my two hours trekking out from the volcano site and back to our resort to freshen up. I had my face washed and the result was my face was soft with a very clean and clear look.

The distance from where the ranger dropped us to let us trek was about 700 meters to the site. Hence the total distance we covered was 1.4 kilometers. Everyone was soaking wet from the sweat by the time we finished trekking and we are all so famished and looking forward for a delicious lunch which turned out to be superbly good.

Bee hives

The Tabin Giant Tree

The Tabin giant tree is also known as Mengaris aka Tualang, is an emergent tropical rainforest tree species in the Fabaceae family. We were informed the Tabin giant tree is around 120-year-old. The butteress root was above our height. If we have more of these trees, the bees will be happier and we have more natural honey to harvest.

The preserved forest of Tabin Wildlife Reserve provided much of the cool and refreshing air. From trekking and driving along the road, we experienced the cool air and shade provided by the trees. When we pass the shade, we could feel the burning hot sun. The experience made me understand the importance of having tree cover, so as to keep the environment cool.

A civet spotted during a night drive

The night safari allowed us to witness the wildlife come to life. We chanced a Palm Civet moving slowly on the tree branches and it stopped momentarily to look at us when the ranger shine the torch at it. It’s so amazing to see them at such a close range. Birds were also sleeping on the branches.

Tabin Wildlife Resort was built in an eco-friendly environment. The forest trees are protected and this allow the wild life to roam freely within the protected area.

Everyone should do their part to protect and preserve the forest for the future generations.  To quote Mohith Agadi.: “The Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect.

Hornbill drying its wings

Yong It Ching, who is a bird photographer and Henry Goh, the Vice Chairman of BirdLife International for Southeast Asia, together with a couple of friends from Kuala Lumpur, made the trip to Tabin for the first time.

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