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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 nebularia).

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.