There is really no better place in the world to experience exotic flora and fauna in their pristine tropical environment! Malaysia has a range of National
Parks from mangrove reserves and tropical rainforests to Marine Parks. Just a few degrees north of the equator, the lush rainforests and the warm oceans set the perfect backdrop to watch wildlife in their natural habitat.
It is therefore not surprising that nearly 75% of Malaysia¡¦s land area remains forested, with approximately 60% of that being virgin rainforest. A signatory to the Rio Summit in 1992, Malaysia has pledged to retain a
minimum of 50% of its forests and tree cover in perpetuity as its contribution to the global concern for conservation. As one of the twelve mega-biologically diverse countries in the world, Malaysia is able to boast at least 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of
invertebrates, and 4,000 species of fishes in addition to the countless micro-organisms. Not surprisingly, it is a point of pride for Malaysia that this astonishing level of biodiversity is found in Malaysia¡¦s National Parks.
Among the biggest and best-known tropical flora and fauna here are the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Sun Bear, the Malayan Tiger, the Orangutan, Rainforest Tarantulas and the Proboscis Monkey. Borneo is especially well known for the world¡¦s biggest flower, the Rafflesia.
Aside from the diverse flora and fauna, Malaysia¡¦s National Parks also offer a huge range of outdoor activities, from
activities as challenging as white water rafting and rock climbing to pastimes as calm as bird watching and river cruising. Experienced outdoor professionals, who are well
equipped with the latest gear, can guide you through all of these activities. If you are looking for rich and exotic outdoor experiences in balmy tropical weather, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.
Take note of the rainy season when planning excursions and always bring along rain gear. Although the weather can be unpredictable, the monsoon season falls from September to
December on the West Coast of the Peninsula. There is a distinct monsoon on the East Coast from December to February, while the rainy season in Borneo takes place in the first quarter gof the year.