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PUSAT SEJADI BUKIT GEMOK
Bukit Gemok Recreational Forest Park
TAWAU, SABAH, MALAYSIA
BUKIT GEMOK HILL, Sabah
We rested at the canopy walk and enjoyed our little sandwiches we prepared earlier. What a great place to eat a sandwich hanging on a tall tree, overlooking part of Tawau town! Now, that’s what we called Brunch on The Tree!
Sharing all things wonderful.
Gemok Hill once had very rich wildlife. In the last century, the calls of gibbons were common, and so were sambar deer, elephants at the foothills and orangutans up on the trees. But, gradually gradually forest around the hill being cut down by greedy politiciants in the name of economic development. The hill today is surrounded by developed lands, these animals are not present in Gemok Hill any longer.
Town people can seen long-tail macaques, squirrels, short-tail macaques, wild boars and barking deer, although the numbers are quite low. There are more bird species, including a few species of hornbills, as they can fly from other nearby forests.
|List of attraction around Tawau
Maliau Basin (Sabah's Lost World)
Shan-Shui Golf & Country Club
Tawau Tanjung Market
Teck Guan Cocoa Museum
Gemok Recreational Forest Park
Picking or destroying any fauna or flora is strictly forbidden.
|Canopy Walk||BBQ||Hiking Trials||Administration||Picnic Shelter||Playground|
LOCATION MAP OF TAWAU FOREST DISTRICT
Canopy walk in Bukit Gemok Park : Titian Silara, 231 meters long, 2nd longest in Sabah. It hangs from tree to tree on the top of Bukit Gemok providing visitors a good view of Tawau town.
Insects in Bukit Gemok Park - A park where chances are you'll see more insects than you've ever seen in your life.
|Wild Fruit in Bukit Gemok|
|Photo above : This seed, commonly
found in Bukit Gemok, has a clever structure to help glide through
the air. This seed's wing span measured 5.5 inches. Alsomitra
macrocarpa is the biggest winged seed.
Wind Dispersal Of Seeds in Malaysia
The winged seed of the
tropical Asian climbing gourd Alsomitra macrocarpa is remarkable. The entire seed
has an average wingspan of 5 inches and is capable of gliding through the air
of the rain forest in wide circles. This seed inspired the design of
early aircraft and gliders.
The climbing gourd plant Alsomitra
macrocarpa is native to the Sunda Islands of the Malay Archipelago,
produces one of the largest winged seeds up to 5 inches wide inside
a football size club-shaped gourd. The football-sized gourds hang from a
vine high in the forest canopy, each gourd packed with hundreds of winged
There are few species of hornbills frequently fly from other nearby forests to rest in Bukit Gemok
|History of Sabah Forest
Gemok Hill Forest Reserve was first gazetted in 1949 as a water catchments for the town of Tawau. It was regazetted as Class 1 Protection Forest Reserve m 14/3/1984. It is managed by the Tawau Forestry District Office which is under the Sabah Forestry Department.
The Semporna Peninsula has many extinct
Gemok Forest Resort is situated 10 km from Tawau. This forest resort consists of a small hill named Gemok Hill. Sharing the boundary of this hill is a palm oil and cocoa plantation owned by a private company.
External Links :
|Sabah Government Classification on Gemok Hill :||http://www.sabah.gov.my|
|Some nature collection from Bukit Gemok by school children :||http://www.wongmeiyin.com|
Wildlife Research in Sabah : Many research on wildlife resources has taken place in Sabah. Both local and international researchers cooperate with Sabah Wildlife Department which is responsible for guiding wildlife research and issuing research permits.
Sabah Wildlife Department has close cooperation with many different stakeholders in research. One of the most important partners is University of Malaysia Sabah (UMS), with which the department has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on wildlife research.
Some of the wildlife research issues which the Sabah Wildlife Department gives high priority are:
There is still plenty to discover and investigate in Malaysian forests,
Bukit Gemok haze
Forest Research Centre Forest Research Centre
Some of the
Sabah Forestry Department Research Programs & Projects :
1. Natural Forest Management
1. Natural Forest Management
3. Utilization Of Forest Products
5. Soil & Watershed
6. Pests & Diseases
7. Plant Diversity
FRC Reference Collections FRC Reference Collections
||To maintain & upgrade the arboretum as an ex situ conservation site|
||To maintain, enlarge and provide services on herbarium reference|
||To maintain & upgrade the reference collection of forest insect pests in Sabah|
||To develop & upgrade the reference collection of samples of Sabah timbers|
||To maintain & upgrade the periodicals & books coll. for literature review|
|To demonstrate cultivation of useful (especially medicinal) plants|