Jumaat, 30 Disember 2016

Forest in The City, KL Eco Park

KL Eco Park, a unique park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
KL Eco Park is not a new location, it was previously known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve which is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It is an area designated as a forest reserve since 1906 again. The location is next to KL Tower, add the uniqueness of both these important locations and facilitate the visit of visitors.

KL Eco Park has its own attraction for travelers by providing special routes like Route Merbau Trail (360m), Jelutong Trail (300m) and Canopy Walk (200m) with a height of 21 meters above the trees. It is an attraction that helps the visitors to get to know more about the tropical forest.

Gate at KL Eco Park. 
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.

One of the trails at KL Eco Park.
Altogether there are about 233 species of trees and 12 species of animals that makes KL Eco Park as their habitat, whereas the species of animals not including some species of birds that not normally seen through the park at certain times.

Although the entrance fee to the park is FREE proposals to charge the visitors in the future has been announced. The fee is to help the maintenance work done more frequently to ensure that the park facilities are in good condition. The proposed ticket prices are RM12 for adults and RM4 for children, while tickets for tourists are RM40 for adults and RM18 for children.

The Canopy Walk.
The bridge of Canopy Walk.
Against the backdrop of the City of Kuala Lumpur.

The path to the Canopy Walk.
If you would like to see more uniqueness of KL Eco Park you can visit this park while it's still free. The admission fee is not too high if it can maintain good facilities with effective management.

Visiting hours are between 7:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.

For more information, you may contact:

Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia Headquarters,
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50660 Kuala Lumpur.

Phone No: + 603-2070 6342
Fax No: 603-2692 5657
Hotline: 1-800-88-5776

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Khamis, 29 Disember 2016

Hutan Dalam Bandar, KL Eco Park

KL Eco Park, taman unik di tengah Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

KL Eco Park bukanlah satu lokasi baru, ia sebelumnya dikenali sebagai Hutan Simpan Bukit Nanas yang terletak di tengah-tengah Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Ia merupakan kawasan yang dikhaskan sebagai hutan simpan semenjak 1906 lagi. Lokasinya berhampiran Menara Kuala Lumpur menambahkan lagi keunikan kedua-dua lokasi penting ini dan memudahkan lawatan daripada para pengunjung.

KL Eco Park mempunyai tarikan tersendiri bagi para pelawat dengan menyediakan laluan-laluan khas seperti Laluan Merbau (360m), Laluan Jelutong (300m) dan Laluan Kanopi (200m) dengan ketinggian 21 meter di atas pokok. Ia merupakan antara tarikan yang membantu para pengunjung untuk mengenali hutan tropika dengan lebih dekat.

Gerbang di KL Eco Park. 

Dahulunya dikenali sebagai Hutan Simpan Bukit Nanas.

Antara laluan di KL Eco Park.

Secara keseluruhannya terdapat sekitar 233 spesis pokok dan 12 spesis haiwan yang menjadikan KL Eco Park sebagai habitat mereka. Manakala spesis haiwan-haiwan tersebut tidak termasuk burung-burung yang kebiasaannya dilihat melewati taman ini pada masa-masa tertentu.

Walaupun bayaran masuk ke taman ini adalah PERCUMA, cadangan untuk mengenakan bayaran kepada para pengunjung untuk masa akan datang telahpun disuarakan. Bayaran yang dikenakan adalan untuk membantu kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan dilakukan dengan lebih kerap dalam memastikan kemudahan taman berada dalam keadaan yang baik. Harga tiket yang dicadangkan adalah RM12 bagi dewasa dan RM4 bagi kanak-kanak. Manakala tiket bagi pelancong pula adalah RM40 dewasa dan RM18 bagi kanak-kanak.

Titian 'Canopy Walk'.

Melalui laluan 'Canopy Walk'.

Berlatar belakangkan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Laluan ke 'Canopy Walk'.

Sekiranya anda berminat untuk melihat lebih lanjut keunikan KL Eco Park bolehkah mengunjungi taman ini dengan segera sementara ianya masih lagi percuma. Bayaran tiket masuk tersebut tidaklah terlalu tinggi sekiranya taman ini dapat mengekalkan kemudahan yang baik dan juga pengurusan yang efektif.

Waktu lawatan adalah di antara 7:00 am hinggalah 6:00 pm setiap hari.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, anda bolehlah menghubungi:

Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia Headquarters,
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, 50660 Kuala Lumpur.

Phone No: +603-2070 6342
Fax No: 603-2692 5657
Hotline : 1-800-88-5776

Email : webmaster@forestry.gov.my
website: www.forestry.gov.my

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Selasa, 27 Disember 2016

Interesting Things About Moringa Oleifera

Moringa oleifera - flowers and leaves.
Moringa oleifera, better known as "murungai" in Malayalam language in which it grows is another plant that is an important food source to local communities. Although it is more popular among the people of India, but if you recognize it, you may also be interested to try the vegetables of leaf or its fruit.

Also known as “Kelo Beans” it has different names on wherever it grows as it is an important food source. So it has more than 400 names throughout the world. The point that is easily cultivated and weather resistance makes it suitable as a plant either for decorative purposes, or simply shading or avoidance of erosion. However, moringa oleifera grown in areas where people in needs of food source for the healthy benefits, and indeed this plant has properties that are very much needed.

Areas where moriga grow.
It can be grown to form a fence around the house.
Roughly the nutritional values of these plants as food sources are as follows;
  • It contains 7 times more Vitamin C than an orange.
  • It contains 4 times more vitamin A than carrots (carrots).
  • It contains 4 times more calcium than cow's milk.
  • It contains 3 times more potassium than bananas.
  • It contains 2 times the protein than yogurt.

Of course it also contains more nutrients for health benefits. Although it is not considered as a 'magic' plant, but as a source of food in areas where it is grown, it’s able to supply the nourishment requires.

The trees size are not too big that make it easy to care.
Beans of moringa sold in the market.
Moringa beans, close-up.
The parts of this plant are used as feed leaves and fruit. Each community has their methods of preparing food from the leaves and the fruit. For example in India it is used in curries as bean ‘dal’, or as part of mixed together with ‘dal’. In Myanmar also it is used in cooking the gravy like soup known as "dunt-Dalun chin-Yei", using the fruit. The fruit is also popular as food in other countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. Even in other countries it is also used as food.

In addition to the food, the fruit is also used to produce oil known as "ben oil", which was once used as a base in the perfume manufacture process. This oil is used not only because it does not have a strong odor, but can be stored for a long period.

Moringa seed cake, a byproduct from the extraction of this fruit can still be used for purposes other than treating the water or fertilizer. Husks from the seeds helped impurities in the water to clump together and facilitate the screening process or in the form of sludge.

Dishes "dunt-Dalun chin-Yei" of Myanmar.

Another dishes used the leaves of moringa.
The trees also sometimes planted for avoiding erosion like in Haiti. While in Taiwan it's also grown in the World Vegetable Center, as the study of the plants used for food. While the population in Odisha in South India, this plant is grown as fence, while also providing a source of food.

So now we know how special this plant is. If you have a house that can still be planted with trees, maybe you can plant it with these trees. This is because there are many other advantages of this tree that cannot be listed here. So if you are interested more about it, you can find out for yourself through the internet, or you can ask any questions for discussion in the next articles.

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Khamis, 22 Disember 2016

Visiting to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

The main entrance to Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is very interesting, because not only is the Kuala Lumpur city center filled with buildings and shopping centers, but it also provides many interesting tourist destination. During the school holidays, many may want to bring their family visits to places of interest around the city of Kuala Lumpur.

For those who live near or travel to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of the must-visit destinations. Located in Taman Tasik Perdana, it is also close to many other parks like Taman Orkid, Taman Bunga Raya, Butterfly Park, National Planetarium, the Islamic Arts Museum, Deer Park and Memorial Tun Razak. So if you want to visit this place you may visit more than one park at the same time - it saves time and travel costs.

The park is easily accessible using your own vehicle or by public transport. Situated close to the Kuala Lumpur railway station and you just have to take a taxi with approximately 5 minutes. Similarly, a driver for routes around the Lake Gardens is not as busy as in other major routes. GPS location of the park is N3 08 581, 41 294 E101 to assist your navigation.

Open daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. The fees are;

Adult (Regular) RM48.00
* Children (Regular) RM38.00

Adults (MyKad) RM 25.00
* Children (MyKid) RM 12.00

** Children from 3-12 years of age

Cute birds enjoying sunflower's seeds.
One of the landscape at the Bird Park.

The best thing about this bird park is that it is said to be among the largest in the world. Divided into different zones, Zone 1 and Zone 2 (Zone 3 is the hornbill cages and Zone 4 for few other small cages) you will see varieties of birds fly freely around the park designed to resemble their natural habitats.

There are also small cages which housed birds such as parrots, eagles, hornbills and others to enable you to see it up close. This is because it is difficult for you to see these birds if they are allowed to fly free in the main cage that is too large.

Through visiting this place you can see rare birds that you discover as you also learn more about their habitat and how they live. The surrounding that resembles their real habitat can be another important thing to take note on how these birds survive in the wild.

Special cage for parrots.
Want to have a picture with the birds?

If you are lucky you might catch a peacock showcasing its beautiful tail’s feathers. Peacocks are moving freely in the garden and their feathers also look healthy (not damaged by captivity). Similarly for other birds such as flamingos that manly spends their time in the artificial pond. Crown pigeons are among many other birds that roaming the park.

Apart from seeing these birds you also have the opportunity to take pictures with the birds that are specially trained to pose for picture. It consists of parrots, eagles, owls and the most special is the hornbill. Yes, I've had the opportunity to touch the hornbill and it's very docile.

Time to eat! You can watch this too.

There is lots of information signage that describes the names of birds that you can find around the area. So you need not to worry if you can recognize their names. There are also exciting activities around the garden and the learning that help kids learn more about the world of birds. So this park is ideal for birders and also for the whole family.

To fully enjoy the experience here, you have to spend at least half day for an area of ​​the park is ​​20.9 acres and filled with areas that resembles different habitats of birds. There are approximately 3,000 birds from 200 species from different part of the world.

For more information about Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, you may call: + 603-22721010 Fax: + 603-2273 5428 or email: info@klbirdpark.com

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