‘Aliens’ in FRIM – Rerun

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Photo credit:
Loh Wan Yen

The Nature Guides are organizing a rerun for the popular Guided Walk through the FRIM Natural Heritage Site. If you missed the walks that was organized previously, come join us this year!

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong was first established in the 1920s. Back then, the area was stripped of its original forest cover for vegetable farming and mining. Over the years, more than 2,500 plant species from all over the world have been planted for research purposes. In 2010, it was declared a national Natural Heritage Site. Roads going around the campus are now lined with towering trees, where many are more than half a century old. Most casual visitors, however, never get to find out that they have just strolled underneath a row of rare endemic trees only found in three sites in the world, smelled the fragrance of an exotic flower that is the secret ingredient of a top-brand perfume, stepped on a small fruit in the middle of the path that is a delicacy eaten around South East Asia, brushed off a fallen leaf from a tree famed for its “magical” medicinal properties or driven past an avenue of high-grade timber sought after for architects’ drafting pencils… The next time you visit FRIM, would you be contented with merely seeing trees and plants or smelling fragrances without knowing what they are?

If you have a curious mind, come join Chew Ming Yee and Lim Chung Lu, two humourous botanists and nature guides, for a 1.5 to 2 hours easy guided walk around the main campus of FRIM and learn a few secrets of these local special and valuable plants and trees.

Note: this is a rerun of part 2, for those who are anticipating to join part 3 of the 3-part walk, kindly look out for it in the coming months.

The walk starts at 8:30am. Further details will be given upon signing up.

Besides standard entrance charges to FRIM (refer to http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=174), a fee of RM10 is chargeable to cover insurance and SIG fund. Children below 18 years pay only RM3.

To register: email Ms Wan Yeng (wanyeng@rocketmail.comor sms only (hp 016-618 2148). Limited places available and deadline to register is 19 October 2013, whichever comes first.

For directions: Refer to http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=543

Wear suitable loose clothing and good walking shoes. Insect repellant is advisable for those with sensitive skin. For the rest, long-sleeves should suffice. Bring a bottle of water and some healthy snacks.

Part 3: The beginning and the end of a stream. (date to be fixed later)


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