#1 Taman Negara – Mutiara Resort and Jungle Treks

My visit to Taman Negara was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far, as we saw so many animals, insects and birds that we have never seen before! We left KL by bus, reached the Kuala Tembeling Jetty, and took a 3 hour boat ride to the Mutiara TN Resort. This post will be about the wildlife we saw in the resort, and some jungle treks that we went on, from the resort.

MUTIARA TAMAN NEGARA RESORT

The 3 hour boat ride to the resort itself was beautiful  with the views of the rolling hills of a 130- million year old rainforest, and feeling the cool ‘river’ breeze.

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The wildlife we saw at the resort:

On arriving the resort, we saw a  Leaf Grasshopper which was camouflaged really well! One of the managers of the resort, Mr. Sabri told me that it was a Leaf Grasshopper, and I  soon found out that he runs a blog as well! Please do check it out- it has a lot of interesting facts about Taman Negara.

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A juvenile clouded monitor lizard basking in the sun:

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This is a Barking Deer (Muntiacus) that was looking curiously at the Mini Market. It was a regular visitor to the resort and friendly to people! It even rubbed its antlers against my jeans and allowed me to pet it!

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The  Crested Fireback( Lophura ignita), is a beautiful forest pheasant that is sadly endangered. We were so lucky to see it many times!

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A beautiful Plaintain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus):

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Two Long- Tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). One of them had stolen potato chips from someone’s room!

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A mother wild boar (Sus scrofao) and her two children visited the resort regularly:
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Two squirrels were sleeping soundly in a tree, while a kite or eagle soared above on top of the trees! Thankfully, it did not spot the squirrels. Or it was wary of us!

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This is a Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae). Our guide in the Night jungle trek actually picked it up, and it started hissing!

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A water monitor lizard climbing up a tree:

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The magpies of Taman Negara were as common as mynas of Singapore. You are guaranteed to see at least one Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) if you visit there!

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JUNGLE TREK 1- CANOPY WALK  The longest canopy walk in the world- at a height of 45m…Frightening! But an amazing experience.

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We were at the same height as the tall canopy trees – and saw beautiful views of the Tembeling river (Sungei Tembeling).

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If you are lucky enough you can see a lot of wildlife from the canopy walkway such as the white handed Gibbon, or even the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill! There were many people in the walkway that were making some noise- so we were unable to see much.

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JUNGLE TREK 2- BUKIT TERESEK A 334m hill that promises beautiful views of the rainforest, as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia, Gunung Tahan in the far distance, Bukit Teresek is a must see attraction. It was tiring, but gave us a good workout and amazing views!

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The view from the first summit:

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The final summit:

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JUNGLE TREK 3- JENUT MUDA Another day, we decided to go to Bukit Teresek again- but instead climb halfway and take a route which leads to a lagoon called Lubuk Simpon( which will be in another post!). We did not know the name of the route, or where it was, but assumed it was this rocky path which had no sign. On the way we saw this orange skink which looked just like a snake! It’s well camouflaged. See if you can spot it! Do let me know the species if you know what it is:
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A stick insect and another insect that looked beautiful with its different colors!
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A ginger plant:

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JUNGLE TREK 4- NIGHT WALK With a huge crowd and a guide, we went through a boardwalk near the resort at night for another jungle trek. Little did we know so much wildlife comes out at night! At the front office, we saw a juvenile Wild Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) that comes there almost every night!! It was amazing to see such an elusive creature up so close. I even got to touch and take a photo with it! Its skin was rough – just like sandpaper!  The Tapir is the largest rodent in the world.

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During the night walk, we saw many stick insects, including two mating:

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We saw two green snakes that climbed the trees so fast!  I’m so not sure it’s the Malayan whip snake.
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This is a cave centipede that was like the one I saw on my visit to the Dark Caves.

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We also went to the Bumbun Tahan hide where we were lucky to see a few Sambar Deers( Rusa unicolor)  feeding at the salt licks. There have even been sightings of elephants in that very place! We visited the hide again during the day, on the way spotting some millipedes and other insects. We also meditated at the hide for some time- with the calming sounds of nature.
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Here’s Bumbun Tahan hide:
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A beautiful dragonfly hiding well on a tree trunk!

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I hope you enjoyed this post (even though it was very long). It also took me a long time to compile, so I’ve kept the descriptions brief. I had so much to share! In the places I wrote about here I also saw many spiders and butterflies – which will be in my upcoming posts.

Lavanya Prakash https://mynatureexperiences.wordpress.com/
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