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Jungle Trekking

 
Explore three jungle treks through the rainforest accompanied by our experienced and informative resident naturalist. The walks are free of charge and offer a fascinating insight into the spectacular virgin rainforest that is estimated to be over 2 million years old. Some of the interesting wildlife you may spot on the island include crab-eating macaque monkeys, tropical monitor lizards and yellow pied hornbills.
 
The Soils
The soils range from pure sand on the coast to loamy clay inland. Under tropical high rainfall conditions, the soil is acidic (pH 4.2-4.8) and natural fertility is low. The plants are heavily dependent on the efficient and rapid recycling of nutrients from leaf-litter, dead wood and other organic matter back to living plants. The agents of breakdown are fungi, termites and other soil organisms. Their activity is so efficient that the litter layer on the forest floor remains thin. On the poorest soils, some of the plants obtain nutrients by harbouring ants which carry organic matter to their nests located within the plants. A few plants are carnivorous, trapping and feeding on ants and other small animals.
 

Plant Life
The natural vegetation of Pangkor Laut is tropical rainforest. Tropical rainforests are subdivided into different forest types according to differences in the composition of their plant communities. Such differences usually correspond to differences in soil, elevation and other factors.

On Pangkor Laut, two plant communities can be distinguished. One occupies a narrow fringe along the coastline, and is often referred to as the Indo-Pacific Strand Flora, so called because it occupies coastlines around the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific as far as Hawaii. This community is linked across vast distances through the dispersal of their seeds by ocean currents. Behind the coastline, the land rises steeply and is covered by Coastal Hill Forest.

Tropical rainforest is evergreen. The evergreen condition is maintained by several mechanisms. The big trees that form the canopy undergo leaf-exchange, in which new leaves are produced simultaneously with the shedding of old leaves. Occasionally the timing is off and a tree may be bare of leaves, but only for a few days.

 
Animal Life
 
Among the mammalian fauna, the Long-tailed Macaque is perhaps the most noticeable, partly because of its number and partly due to its mobility. Some of the other forest residents that you may to encounter include:
 
Mammals
• Scaly Anteater • Forest Rats • Monkeys
 • Bats    
 
Birds
• Hornbills • Herons and Egrets • Waders
• Eagles • Owls • Kingfishers
• Woodpeckers • Swallows • Orioles
• Thrushes • Bulbuls • Mynas
Reptiles
• Snake • Agamid lizards • Skinks
• Monitor lizards • Geckos
 
Amphibians
• Frogs • Toads • Caecilians
• Newts • Salamanders
Insects
• Spiders • Scorpions • Centipedes and Millipedes
• Praying Mantis • Beetles • Butterflies and Moths
• Dragonflies • Leaf and Stick Insects • Cicadas
• Bees • Ants • Grasshoppers
 

Our stance on the environment
Man and rainforests are inextricably bound to each other. Each depends on the other for their continued existence. Man depends on the bounties of the rainforest for much of his daily needs: food, water, fibres, shelter, medicines, etc. Even the very air he breathes has been re-oxygenated by the masses of vegetation in the rainforest. Unfortunately these bounties and resources are not inexhaustible. They are finite. Moreover, the eco-systems of the rainforest are extremely fragile – the destruction of one component brings about changes in the others.

Being so dependent on the bounties of Mother Nature, Man is indeed a vulnerable creature. Unless he learns to use this resource wisely, his environment cannot sustain his continued existence. This realisation has strengthened our conviction here at Pangkor Laut Resort that development on this island has to be in harmony with Nature, a fact amply borne out in the philosophy and thoughtful design of the Resort. On this island, natural habitats and the environment have been meticulously preserved. The draw card of Pangkor Laut has always been its natural beauty, a fact that has never been lost to our planners.

 

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