Bird sanctuary in Malaysia to open next year

Storm's storkFrom the New Straits Times in Malaysia:

Johor bird sanctuary to be ready next year

20 Nov 2006

JOHOR BARU: The Gunung Panti Bird Sanctuary much anticipated by the international bird watching community, will be ready in time for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

The 520ha sanctuary with more than 300 species of birds is known as Bunker Trail to the international community of bird watchers who regard it as one of the world’s premier bird watching spots for its concentration of birds.

It is interesting to note that it was following a campaign by the Malaysian Nature Society Johor (MNSJ) branch supported by international bird watchers to protect the Bunker Trail from threats of logging, sandmining, poaching and gaharu thieves that the state government sprang into action to save the bird sanctuary.

Among the colourful birds found at the bird sanctuary are a variety of hornbills, Malaysian Honeyguide, Storm’s Stork, Trogons, Pittas and Great Argus Pheasant (Kuang Raya).

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