TAMAN NEGARA - THE PREMIER NATIONAL PARK OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
|TAMAN NEGARA OR NATIONAL PARK ?
The story of "Taman Negara" national park beckons many
foreigners to ask... what do "Taman Negara" mean? In the
national language of Malaysia, Bahasa Melayu, it just simply
translates to mean... er...well, simply as "National Park" in
plain english. It would seem quite odd just what one really mean
when one says Taman Negara National Park. Anyway, in the correct
context, it just refers to the largest national park in
peninsular Malaysia aptly named as "Taman Negara". Confusing,
The park has its roots as a protected game reserve when an area
of 1,300 square kilometres of tropical
jungle in the state of Pahang was set aside through the Pahang
State Legislation in 1925 and named as "The Gunung Tahan Game
This area was later expanded in 1938 when
the Sultans of Pahang, Terengganu and
Kelantan collectively combined the present area to be
protected as a nature conservation park and declared the park as
the King George V National Park with the aim of protecting the
flora and fauna that inhabits the area as well as preserving the
ecosystem and environment in its natural state. When Malaysia
gained her independence in 1957, it was then gazetted by an Act
of Parliament to its present name, Taman Negara National Park.
In Malaysia there other protected areas or parks such as the
Kenong Rimba Park but Taman Negara is by far the largest in
peninsula Malaysia, covering an area of 4,343 square kilometres
enveloping a part of the country's three states... Pahang,
Terengganu and Kelantan.
Area size covered by the park for the three states are...
Pahang : 2,477 sq km
Kelantan : 1,043 sq km
Terengganu : 853 sq km
PEJABAT PERHILITAN'S ROLE IN THE PARK
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Pejabat
Perhilitan) is given the task of managing and maintaining
the natural heritage of Taman Negara based on the following
* objectives referenced from the government of
Malaysia official web site at...
- To protect and conserve the flora and fauna in Taman
Negara and to maintain the tropical rainforest ecosystem
- To propagate species of flora and fauna
- To manage Taman Negara as a sustainable recreational
- To conserve all objects and places of historical,
aesthetic or scientific interest
- To provide a natural lab for research on species and
habitat found in the tropical rainforest for management
WEST MALAYSIA HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
Within the park stands peninsular Malaysia's highest mountain,
the majestic "Mount Tahan" or "Gunung Tahan" in Bahasa Melayu
language. A part of the Main Range mountainous area, this mountain peaks at 2,187 meters offering a
challenge to anyone adventurous enough to conquer it especially
when one needs the endurance to trek and climb through dense and
humid tropical rainforest. On a clear or sunny weather, anyone
can get a strategic and clear view of this mountain from afar by
trekking up to Teresek Hill. It is required by the Forestry
Department for anyone intending to climb this mountain to go for
an interview with an forestry official to gauge the climber's
fitness plus ability and to also employ a certified special
guide to lead the way. The trek and climb up to the peak will
usually take about 9 to 11 days depending on weather conditions
and, of course, the climbers stamina !
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