TREASURES - FLORA and FAUNA
Malaysia is rated among the twelve 'mega-diverse' countries
of the world, being home to some 185,000 species of fauna
and about 12,500 species of flowering plants. The Borneo
rainforest are considered to be among the most species-rich
forests in the world. Set in such forest, Permai Rainforest
Resort's real treasure is undoubtedly the wealth
of plants and animals that exists within and around the
The environment of Permai Rainforest Resort can be
divided into 4 main types: swamp, coastal, streams and riparian
areas, and mixed dipterocarp forest.
The swamp supports palms and other
plants that are adapted to living in flooded salty conditions.
The most common palms are nibong and nipah. These help bind
the soil, reducing erosion.
Many species of fish and crustaceans use the swamps for breeding.
The swamp is especially interesting at night. Moths hover
around the lights that line the walkway through the swamp,
while geckos stalk them, their territorial disputes adding
to the sounds of the night.
Permai Rainforest Resort has two types of coastal environment:
a sandy beach and an extensive rocky shoreline. The rocky
beaches act as breakwaters to the waves and erosive actions
of the tides. Along the beach, on the edge of the forest,
there is a fringe of casuarina or 'rhu laut'.
for family getaways.
and Riparian Areas
Riparian areas form a transition zone from wet areas to
dry land. The streams originate in the nearby hills. The
stream water is cool and, after heavy rain, fast flowing.
The banks of the streams are rich with ferns and aroids.
These areas are alive with dragonflies and frogs.
Lowland Dipterocarp Forest
Forest occupies most of the resort's 44 acres and contains
trees over 30 meters high, some believed to be hundreds
of years old. The forest floor is sparsely covered with
shrubs, herbaceous plants, fungi and ferns. The canopy
layer is extremely dense. At certain times of the day you
can see the long tail macaques in the trees. There are
two nature trails through the forest which are well marked
and will provide hours of enjoyment for those wishing to
experience the unique Borneo rainforest.
Basic Flora & Fauna Inventory Training Project At
Permai Rainforest Resort ~ Conducted & prepared by
The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre