Bird sanctuary in Malaysia damaged by illegal logging and forest clearing
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
September 26, 2005
According to the New Straits Times, loggers are illegally clearing the protected forest of Gunung Panti to plant oil palm.
Gunung Panti, once a world class destination for bird watching, is designated as a permanent forest reserve but the area now suffers from logging, mining, and clearing for oil palm. The Gunung Panti bird sanctuary is now closed to the public, according to a website run by Singapore-based birder Paul Huang.
BirdLife International says 742 species of birds have been recorded in Malaysia. Malaysia was once covered with biodiverse rainforests but today these have largely been reduced by development activities, especially logging and palm oil plantations.
This article used information from the New Straits Times