We are often asked what inspires and motivates us in setting up a biodiversity centre here.
I guess it is our love and appreciation for the forest and its inhabitants. Here are some of the unique species found...
Amorphophallus bufo, the flower that looks like an Olympic torch but with a name like a frog.
Pitcher plants - insect traps
Corybas spp - an orchid with one leaf. one stem, one flower and is less than 1 cm
Jewel orchid - alien like flowers with patterned leaves.
Silver-eared mesia - a colourful and noisy bird.
Rufous-vented Niltava - true highland species.
Each creature’s life is woven into this intricate web in our forests. Each one with its own story to tell. Each one beautiful and unique in its own way. Our highland forests here are more than 1500m from sea level. There is not much research and study in this area, unlike lowland tropical rainforests. By setting up this centre we hope to gather more data to support our quest to have Gunung Brinchang area (and perhaps more areas late) gazetted as state parks and thereby protected. Land clearing is currently taking place at a horrendous rate and we are indeed racing against time to protect our precious montane forest habitat.