Kuala Gula Wildlife Sanctuary, Perak
Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary is within the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, which is located along the coast of Perak, 43 km or
less than an hour's drive from Taiping town.
Matang Mangrove Forest is the largest and well reserved mangrove ecosystems in
Peninsular Malaysia. These ecologically abundant mangrove habitats stretch along the west coast tidal
mudflats of northern Perak for almost 50km.
Kuala Gula is renowned for it's diversity of wildlife especially amongst
birdwatchers for it is a hotspot for waterbirds, both resident and migratory species. Various
waterbird/migratory species can be observed from the end of August until April the following year. Nearly
two hundreds bird species including migratory species, have been recorded. Estimated more
than 200,000 migratory birds to stop over here every year.
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Malaysia is within the East Asian-Australasian Flyway amongst several migratory
routes worldwide. Each year, migratory species stop at Kuala Gula along their migratory route, for it's new
mudflats rich with young mangrove trees. These mudflats not only vital foraging areas for migratory species as
well as nesting sites for resident species, together with sandbanks, are also a stable source of food supply
for the birds, which rely on fish, crabs, molluscs and other invertebrates for sustenance.
The following species can be observed in Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, which makes it
one of the most popular tourist attraction site in Malaysia amongst birdwatchers:
Endangered species such as the Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea,
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes) and Common Greenshank (Tringa
Mammals such as squirrels, rats, bats otters, leaf monkeys,
macaques, wild pigs, dolphins, leopard cats and civets.
Reptiles such as monitor lizards, pythons, watersnakes and pit
vipers can also be found in Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary.