Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Telephone: (603) 3289 2294
Fax: (603) 3289 4311
Established in 1987 and successfully managed as a nature park by MNS since that time, the area now occupied by Kuala Selangor Nature Park escaped development as a new golf course that would have seen the destruction of many important habitats that are found here.
KSNP now thrives not only as a popular destination to enjoy nature but also serves as an important educational resource to instil a greater appreciation and understanding of the unique habitats found at KSNP and the need for conservation. It also acts as a sanctuary to many different species of flora and fauna such as the endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey Presbytis cristata that KSNP has adopted for its logo. The Park is also extremely accessible with trails of varying distances that enables the visitor to explore the different habitats with bird hides and watch towers situated around the man-made 25 acre brackish water lake system to view the many local and migratory bird species that are found here.
Trails at KSNP:
Apart from the trails listed below there is also a Mangrove walkway that takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will be able to see and study the flora and fauna in this unique habitat at close quarters.
Open 7 days a week including public holidays from 09.00 to 18.00. This houses the office, resource and information centre and the audio-visual room. T-shirts, souvenirs and MNS books/merchandise can be purchased here.
Slide shows on mangrove ecology, conservation and other Park related activities are available on request (please make prior arrangements with the Park Office).
An air-conditioned hall equipped with basic facilities with accommodation for approximately 80 people maximum is also available to rent per day.
There are 4 A-frame huts, 8 chalets, 2 dormitories and a hostel. Alternatively, there is a campsite at per person. Cooking is not allowed in the chalets, but a common kitchen is available for chalet guests. Others may use the kitchen for RM50 a day.
Adults/Tourist RM 4
MNS members RM 2
Students/children RM 1
Flora and fauna:KSNP has 3 distinctive habitats these being the Brackish Water Lake System,
Secondary Forest and also Mangrove forest where one is able to see a variety of flora and fauna. The habitats and what is likely to be found at each site is listed below.
Brackish Water Lake System
The lake at KSNP is man-made and was created for birds to roost and feed. It also acts as a safe nesting area for approximately 156 bird species, 57 of which are migratory. There are 3 Watch Towers and Bird Hides situated around the lake where one can observe the many different bird species including the Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus, Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis and Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata to name a few.
Also around the lake area or close by, you can also see plants such as the Sea Hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus, Noni Morinda citrifolia and Nypa Palm Nypa fruticans.
The Secondary Forest region covers an area of approximately 450 acres which is made accessible by 4 trails. After the construction of a coastal bund, the mangrove tree species were unable to compete with the dry land species and were subsequently out-competed and mostly replaced by the invasive mangrove fern. Although there are still some stands of mature mangrove trees remaining, the secondary forest is now predominantly a mixture of Strangling Figs, coastal trees such as the Cordia dichotoma, climbers and of course the mangrove fern.
Within the forest, there is a variety of animals including Plantain Squirrels Callosciurus notatus, Oriental Whip Snake Ahaetulla prasina, Four-lined Tree Frog Polypedates leucomystax, Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella and many other reptiles and amphibians. Of the primate species to be found in the forest there is the highly mischievous and noisy Long-Tailed Macaques Macaca fascicularis and notably the distinctive Silvered Leaf Monkey Presbytis cristata, an endangered species and logo of KSNP.
The Park’s mangrove forest represents part of a complex coastal wetland system, which provides an extremely important intermediate stage between the land and aquatic environment. In this unique environment you will not only find an extremely rich biodiversity but also specialist adaptations that plants have adopted to cope with the anaerobic and highly saline conditions found in this type of environment.
Within the mangrove forest you will find 4 different families of mangrove trees which are Rhizophoraceae, Verbenaceae, Sonneratiaceae and Euphorbiaceae, with a total of 13 species of mangrove trees such as Bruguiera cylindrica that is found here.
The mangroves and adjacent mudflats form part of a rich ecosystem that recycles nutrients and provides protection against coastal erosion. It also provides a protective breeding ground for many varieties of commercially important marine invertebrates including crabs, prawns and bivalves, which in turn support a large variety of birds and mammals. Species found here include the Fiddler Crab Uca rosea, Mudskipper species such as Boleophalmus boddaerti and the Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix.
Moving away from KSNP there are other attractions in close proximity or within a short distance, such as the historical Bukit Melawati over looking the Park and also Kampung Kuantan just 6km away, where one can watch the synchronous flashing of thousands of fireflies and regarded as one of the largest colonies of fireflies in the world.
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De Palma Hotel-1.7 km
Sunway Hotel Malaysia -19.8 km
Firefly Park Resort-7.0 km
KL Bird Park - Coco-20.4 km