Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang

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Taman Negeri Rompin or Rompin State Park is located within Rompin District, Pahang, Taman Negeri Rompin Pahang(TNRP) spans an area of 31,797 hectares, comprising of lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, edaphic hill forest formation and rivers. The geological history of the park dates back at least 248 million years to the Permian-Carboniferous age, which the rock types include low grade Metamorphic_rock, Igneous_rock, Granite and Sedimentary_rock sequence that has shaped the ecosystem within this protected area.

The vast forest of Taman Negeri Rompin includes some unique species of plants such as Livistona endauensis.[1], a type of fan palm endemic to the forest reserve of Endau-Rompin along with over 14,000 others. Due to the diversity of plant species within this reserved forest, hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects have been documented, with several of those are threatened or endangered. The diversity of flora and fauna of Taman Negeri Rompin, are among the keys to making Malaysia to be recognized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world.

The base camp facilities at Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang were refurbished and reopened to the public on 15 September 2020. The upgraded facilities include the Rainforest Discovery Centre(RDC), an interactive and nature learning centre, the first of its kind in Peninsular Malaysia. It also has an 80-meter Suspension Bridge crosses Kinchin River that leads to 15-metre Watch Tower for a beautiful and magnificent arboreal view of the forest, Multipurpose Hall for conference and meeting, as well as Cafeteria [2].

Taman Negeri Rompin, Pahang is a well-known spot for tourist for its incredible nature and has been visited by nature lovers since the year 2000, when it was gazetted by the State of Pahang as a State Park. Perhaps the park’s most famous attraction would be Seri Mahkota Waterfall, a 50-metre high cascading waterfall that consists of 3 levels.

Seri Mahkota waterfall is a 50-meter high cascading waterfall located within easy access from the front entrance of Rompin State Park.

Taman Negeri Rompin offers guided nature-based activities allowing visitors to enjoy the rainforest with experienced guide sharing the information of the place, unique flora and fauna available within the park. Some guided activities offers include Jungle Trekking, Kayaking and Swimming, Padang Tujuh Hiking, Forest Therapy and Birdwatching [3] One of many ways to understand the significant value of the river is to go on a journey along the hidden gem waterways, exploring the river view of Endau-Rompin by kayak. A shorter walk in the jungle, Jeram Panjang trail is the option for those who want to have a leisure experience in the rainforest. This easy to intermediate 3.2-kilometer two-way trail takes you to another wonder of Rompin State Park. Recommended to visitors of Taman Negeri Rompin who prefer a longer walking distance in the vast rainforest, this 6.1 kilometers two-way interesting guided walk takes you closer to millions of years old rainforest of Endau-Rompin, which is known to be one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Whiskered Treeswift is among the 253 species of birds recorded at Endau Rompin, which one of the most important IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area) site in the southern part of peninsular Malaysia

Flora and Fauna

Considered to be among the hottest spot for the forest that is home to wildlife in Malaysia, Endau-Rompin is among the Central Forest Spine (CFS) of Peninsular Malaysia. That includes Malayan_tiger (Panthera tigris jacksonii), though the number of the individual is unknown. It was recorded that the tiger preyed upon the cub of Sun_bear (Helarctos malayanus), the smallest bear in the world. In total, 6 species of cats have been recorded within the state park. Other interesting animals include the fastest arboreal mammals, the Lar_gibbon (Hylobates lar), Malayan_tapir (Tapirus indicus) the only tapir in the world that has 2 colors. Other interesting animals include Bornean_bearded_pig (Sus barbatus), where in Peninsular_Malaysia the species occur only at the southern part that includes TNRP.

The lowland and hill Dipterocarpaceae forest is known to be rich in flora, and support the richest and diverse species of birds that includes both Diurnality and Nocturnality such as Old_World_babbler, Hornbill, flycatchers, Owl, Eurylaimidae and a variety of Bird_migration birds. The list of birds provided is based on the sighting recorded within the park

PICIFORMES Checker-throated Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma mentalis) Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tristis) Buff-necked Woodpecker (Meiglyptes tukki) Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus) White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javanensis) Banded Woodpecker (Chrysophlegma miniaceum) Grey-and-buff Woodpecker (Hemicircus sordidus) Maroon Woodpecker (Blythipicus rubiginosus)

CUCULIFORMES Raffle’s Malkoha (Rhinortha chlorophaeus) Red-billed Malkoha (Zanclostomus javanicus) Black-bellied Malkoha (Rhopodytes diardi) Malaysian Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax) Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris)

APODIFORMES Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)

PASSERIFORMES Grey-bellied Bulbul (pycnonotus cyaniventris) Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole olivacea) Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex) Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Alophoixus phaeocephalus) Hairy-backed Bulbul (Tricholestes criniger) Finsch’s Bulbul (Iole finschii) Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys) Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella) Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus) Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis) Black-and-red Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos) Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) Banded Broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) White-bellied Munia (Lonchura leucogastra) Amur Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) Pale Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis unicolor) Rufous-chested Flycatcher (Ficedula dumetoria) Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima) Great Iora (Aegithina lafresnayei) Lesser Cuckooshrike (Coracina fimbriata) Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus) Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus) Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis) Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati) Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis) Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera affinis) Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Hypogramma hypogrammicum) Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys) Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) Chestnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus) White-crowned Forktail (Enicurus leschenault) Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Macronus gularis) Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler (Macronus ptilosus) Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus) Moustached Babbler (Malacopteron magnirostre) Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps) White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca) Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus maculatus) Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus) Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus thoracicus) Fiery Minivet (Pericrocotus igneus) Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus) Brown Fulvetta (Alcippe brunneicauda) Spotted Fantail (Rhipidura perlata) Rufous-winged Philentoma (Philentoma pyrhoptera) Sultan Tit (Melanochlora sultanea) Dark-throated Oriole (Oriolus xanthonotus)

CORACIIFORMES Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx eithaca) Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)

BUCEROTIFORMES Wrinkled Hornbill (Aceros corrugatus) Black Hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus) Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil)

ACCIPITRIFORMES Lesser Fish Eagle (Ichtyophaga humilis) Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii)

PSITTACIFORMES Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus)

TROGONIFORMES Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Herpactes devaucelii)

COLUMBIFORMES Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax) Thicked-billed Green Pigeon (Treton curvirostra) Green Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea) Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)

STRIGIFORMES Barred Eagle-Owl (Bubo sumatranus) Buffy Fish-owl (Ketupa ketupu)


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