Thursday, July 31, 2008

A moment at the ecological site of Pulau Kukup

On the 5 of July, I managed to visit one of Malaysia Ramsar Site, a 'Wetland of International Importance', the Kukup Island or Pulau Kukup located at Johore near Kukup. The visit was being organized by the Malaysian Nature Society as part of its 2008 School Nature Club's National Camp (3 - 6 July 2008) held at Tanjung Piai Resort, which located at the southern most tip of mainland Asia.

Pulau Kukup is one of the largest uninhabited mangrove islands in the world. It is measured for about 647 ha in size, and is surrounded by some 800 ha of mudflats. The island shelters an extraordinary array of wetland-associated plant and animal life. Pulau Kukup was previously acted as a remote hinterland but in 1990's, scientists began to focus on the island's rich biodiversity and its unique ecological characteristics. The result is Pulau Kukup then being declared as a national park in March 1997. It the granted with status as Ramsar Site by the Geneva-based Ramsar Convention Bureau. The Johor National Parks Corporation is the 'guard' of this extraordinary legacy.

There are varieties of mangrove flora on the island. Among them are the mangrove type of plants such as Bakau Kurap (Rhizophora mucronata) dan Bakau Minyak (Rhizophora apiculata), Berus  (Bruguiera cylindrica), Perepat (Sonneratia sp.) and Tumu Merah   (Bruguiera gymnorhyza).

To be continued ....

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