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Awareness on Marine Mammals workshop

Join the upcoming workshop on marine mammal awareness in Penang Island.



The workshop will be discussing specifically how to identify species of dolphins, what the public can do during a dolphin encounter and guidelines for sustainable dolphin watching. There currently four species of dolphins, so far positively identified in Penang namely the Irrawaddy dolphin, Indo-pacific humpback dolphin, Finless porpoise and Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphin.We will also highlight the occurrence of the smooth coated otter also frequently found in Penang waters.

Below is the secretariat contact and tentative program for further details.
Workshop Secretariat
Local Community awareness and Participation In Marine Mammal Conservation In Penang Island, Malaysia
Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies,
Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Mandy Chee
Tel no : 04-8852750
Fax  no: 04-8852751

Awareness on Marine Mammals

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Hornbill Walk

MIRI: The third Hornbill Walk held to drum up support and to call on the government to turn Piasau Camp into a permanent Hornbill Park will be held at the camp this Saturday 24 August 2013.

The walk kicking off at 4pm is coordinated by the Piasau Camp Hornbill Park Society protem committee, headed by Datuk Sebastian Ting, former political secretary to ex-Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin.

Other members include professionals from the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Miri Chapter, oil and gas companies, the health industry as well as community leaders and naturalists.

Ting urged Mirians to come out in full force to join the walk to show support for the creation of Piasau Hornbill Park.

“We expect a good response this time probably more than 500, more than the first and second walk recently. A lot of them have been asking ‘When is the next walk?” Ting said when chairing the committee meeting yesterday.

The starting point for the walk will still be at the former Tenby International School at Piasau Camp where there will be a mini exhibition on the latest development of hornbills in the camp.

“For those who want to know more and win mystery prizes, come early for the short briefing by MNS Miri Chapter and forestry honorary ranger Musa Musbah. Fluffy, a soft toy bird donated by naturalists Dave Paton and his wife Mairead Boland will be there for the lucky treasure hunters,” he added.

On the sideline, 300 beautifully designed T-shirts will be on sale at RM20 (cost price) before the walk to raise funds for the society to run its awareness programmes.

Those coming for the walk are reminded to help keep the camp clean and to bring plastic gloves to help pick up rubbish during the walk.

Meanwhile, Musa said the family of Oriental Pied Hornbills (Faridah and Jimmy and their offspring Utet and Nong, and the younger ones Ah Kow and Ah Moi) are still happily residing in Piasau Camp and at times were spotted flying over to the city and its outskirts.

“To preserve these hornbills, leave them alone and don’t hunt them for food.

They are our heritage and treasure and we want historical Piasau Camp to be turned into a permanent park for all to enjoy,” Musa stressed.

Hornbills are now a totally protected species under the state’s Wild Life Protection Ordinance (1998) while Piasau Camp is rich in history related to the city’s oil and gas industry.

The call to gazette the camp as a permanent hornbill park is urgent as the camp, which was leased to Shell Malaysia, will be closed next month.

Shell and Sarawak Forestry Corporation recently indicated their support for the camp to be turned into a permanent hornbill park.


Read more:

PROTECTED SPECIES: A baby hornbill spotted at Piasau Camp on Monday.


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Departure Date:  18-20 October 2013 (Friday-Sunday)

For centuries, the Jahai tribe have been living off the land of Temengor rainforest surviving the Communist Insurgency War 1967-1989. Then came the construction of Temengor Hydroeletric Dam which began operation in 1975 flooding the 15,200 hectares forest valleys. From nomadic lifestyle, the Jahai adapted life to settlements atop hills and mountains while still maintaining their jungle skills till this day. In retrospect, Temengor Dam holds a special place in the history of Malaysia for its military role in flooding the Upper Perak River and cutting off the communist terrorists’ infiltration route from Betong, Thailand.



  • Camping safely on an isolated island overlooking the greenish-blue Temengor Lake with crystal clear flowing stream and mountain breeze through the trees
  • Building bamboo rafts with the Jahai from scratch!
  • Fishing on bamboo rafts or at the fish sink (lubuk ikan)
  • Trekking through wild jungle to witness Rafflesia flower bloom & shower at a pristine waterfall
  • Waking up to the sounds of gibbons, cicadas & mountain birds
  • Campsite under the shade ~ Fish sink (lubuk ikan) at campsite


This is a cook-your-own & bring-your-own-tent/hammock trip, we will assist. Average fitness & proper gear required (campground flat, Rafflesia & bamboo forest treks slightly steep & boat with bags up to campsite – no trekking). Makeshift toilet will be prepared. Car-pool leaves KL/PJ at 8am on 18 Oct. Expect to arrive back in KL/PJ at 7pm on 20 Oct. Directions will be provided & car-pooling arrangement will be assisted.

Bamboo rafting ~ Building bamboo rafts

Price: MYR 310 per person. Price covers campsite fees, Jahai guide fees, boat rental & all activities listed above. ONLY taking 16 campers, so hurry! First pay first served basis. Car-pooling costs will be shared by all passengers payable directly to the drivers – MYR 70 per passenger (drivers do not pay).

Camp facilitators are John Chan & OGM Keong.

Trip briefing will be on 6 October (Sunday), 3pm at Outdoor Gear Malaysia (OGM), Subang Jaya.
Direction map will be provided.

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MNS mission is to promote the study, appreciation, conservation and protection of Malaysia’s natural heritage, focusing on biological diversity and sustainable developments.

MNS Langkawi Committee 2013-2014

Chairman: Mr.Eric Sinnaya
Vice Chairman: Mr.Vijayndran Muniandy
Secretary: Ms.Daisy Samuel
Treasurer: Mr.M.Suresh Kumar Ratnani
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