NP- Peninsula Malaysia
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Hiding in the very dense vegetation are the wild ox, gaur
(dark in color apart from white ankle socks), sambar deer,
barking deer, mouse deer (not much larger than a rabbit),
wild boars, Malayan tapirs (related to horses and rhinos but
more pig-like in appearance), clouded leopards, leopard
cats, tigers, sun bears (these feed on fruit, honey,
termites.), Sumatran rhinoceros, civets, Asian elephants
(smaller ears and more hump-backed than African elephants),
bats, nocturnal civets (these often beg for food from
tourists), squirrel, tree show, a wide variety of primates,
vast numbers of reptiles and amphibians, and 250-300 species
The list of wild animals in the National Park is endless.
However, the possibility of not seeing anything exciting in
a week besides mosquitoes, leeches and steaming piles of
elephant dung is common. It is the matter of luck and timing
to spot the wildlife here. There are six wildlife hide-outs
for nature lovers, built around the many salt-licks.
Crawling beneath the leaves, in the underground or in rotten
tree trunks, bug lovers will find a huge diversity of
millions of tropical insects here.
Commonly seen butterfly species are Five-bar Swordtail,
which congregate at areas such as campsites, banks of
streams, or along paths where foodstuffs have been dropped.
Perhaps the most common insects are the ants and termites.
The Giant forest ant, Camponotus gigas, is a rather solitary
species which prefers to scavenge the forest floor. Some
specimens can reach over two inches in length, but despite
their huge size they are harmless and will not bite humans.
Termites and ants form extensive colonies and if you take a
closer look, you can witness millions of busy termites on
the forest floor digesting rotten wood, returning the
nutrients to the soil; thus serving as an important species
of the rainforest ecology. Without them, the forests would
not survive for each new tree needs the nutrients of the
When the sun goes down, you will be entertained by the
wildlife orchestra, the hooting of the owls and the
reverberating call of the crickets, such as the Oriental
Mole Cricket that inhabit burrows.
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