Saturday, February 5, 2011

Crocker Range Park






Crocker Range Park visitor's centre is about 12km away from the town of Keningau. This range was gazetted as a park in 1984 due to its importance as water catchment area for the surrounding towns. This range covers an area of about 1,392 square km and is located to the south of Mount Kinabalu. It is also called "Taman Banjaran Crocker" in Malay language. The Kadazandusun and Murut communities live in various settlements surrounding the range.

The headquarter of the park is located about 145km from Kota Kinabalu where the visitor centre is. Basic facility was constructed and opened in 2004 where you can camp and do jungle trekking here. Bird watching is one of the natural attraction here. For those who are into greater challenge, you can do white water rafting at Padas River. Prior arrangement with tour agent is neccessary to if you intend to jungle trek or white water rafting.




Flora and Fauna
Find out more about Rafflesia, the world's largest flower at The Rafflesia Information Centre on your way here. It is located near Tambunan. There are trails from this centre where the Rafflesia can be found. It opens daily from 8am to 3pm. Call the centre at Tel : +6 088 898 500 or +6 088 898 501 for more information.

This flower is a parasite which has no root, leaf or stem and its host is a vine called Tetrastigma.
It flowers usually at midnight after a rainy day and lasted only for a few days. You will be fortunate to see a real one flowering. After that, they will begin to rot emitting a rotten meat smell. Flies will come and as a result the plant is pollinated. The most common species found in Sabah are:
  • Rafflesia Pricei
  • Rafflesia Arnoldii
  • Rafflesia Keithii
  • Rafflesia Tengku-Adlinii

  • Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world.

    Look out also for the following flora at this dipterocap forest.
    • Oaks
    • Chestnuts
    • Conifers
    • Orchids
    • Rhodedendrons
    • Pitcher plants
    You may be able to spot some of the animals and birds here:
    • Civet Cats
    • Long-Tailed Macaques
    • Pig-Tailed Macaques are intelligent and can be trained to pluck cocunuts which are high above the ground.
    • Wild Pigs
    • Orang Utans
    • Gibbons
    • Furry Tarsier or "Kera Hantu" in Malay language
    • Hornbills
    • Pheasants
    • Partridges
    • Golden-naped Barbet
    Camping Contact Sabah Parks for permit if you intend to camp here. Contacts of Sabah Parks: Lot 1-3, Block K, Ground Floor Sinsuran Complex Kota Kinabalu Sabah Tel: +6 088 212 719 or +6 088 211 881 or directly to: Crocker Range Park: +6 019 862 0404

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