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Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden

Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden

The Rimba Ilmu (The Forest of Knowledge) Botanic is located in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It is a tropical garden with a rain forest concept compared to a traditional flower garden. The garden was established in 1974 and occupies an area of 80 hectares.

The living collections of the garden are mostly flora from the Malaysian and Indonesian region and it is one of the most important biological collections in the country. The 1,600 species recorded, also include plant species from other parts of the world such as tropical Asia, the Pacific islands, Australia, South America, Africa and Madagascar. Rimba Ilmu, also houses University of Malaya’s herbarium. The herbarium has about 63,000 accessions, the largest university collection in the country for plant studies and research. Besides this, it also has its own Environmental Education Programme.

The Environmental Education Programme at Rimba Ilmu is collaboration between University of Malaya and Malaysian Nature Society. This collaboration was established in 1997. The objective of the programme is to promote nature appreciation, environmental awareness and to instil knowledge among the general public through hands-on activities with nature.

Facilities such as the Conservatory of Rare plants and Orchids, the "Rain forests and Our Environment" exhibition and the living collections such as the bamboos, citrus and citroids, fern, medicinal plants and palms are major references used for environmental education purposes.

The Botanical Garden and the Rain Forest Exhibition is open to the public most days each week except as stated below and on Federal Territory Public Holidays. It is closed on Sundays except where a special event is indicated.