When a wildlife habitat area in Kuala Selangor was proposed to become a new golf course in 1987, MNS stepped in and instead established it as a nature park. Now the Kuala Selangor Nature Park or KSNP thrives as a tourist destination and educational resource, instilling interest and understanding for the area’s unique habitats. It has since become a sanctuary to many species of flora and fauna such as the endangered Silvered Leaf Monkey (Presbytis cristata) which KSNP has adopted as its logo.
Kuala Selangor Nature Park is situated at the mouth of Selangor River , in the state of Selangor , Malaysia. It covers approximately 800 acres of mangroves and mudflats and is the home to various wildlife such as otters, monkeys, birds, mudskippers and crabs. It has chalets for overnight visitors, hostel for study groups, and a visitors center to provide information and sell souvenirs.
The uniqueness of the park is evident as it is also very accessible. There are trails of varying distances and visitors get to explore and experience different habitats as there are bird hides and watch towers situated around the manmade 25 acre brackish water lake system. Many local and migratory bird species are found in the park.
Visitors also get to enjoy the Mangrove walkway which takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that are unique to this habitat.
Birdwatching is perhaps the most exciting activity here. Over 140 species of birds have been sighted. Among the rare ones are the Nordman Greenshank and the Mangrove Pitta. The park is also involved in the Milky Stork reintroductory programme thanks to a contribution by Land and General.
The mudflats infront of the park is also rich with life. Various fishes and shellfishes can be seen on the flats confirming the importance of the mudflats and mangroves as a breeding and nursery ground for fishery. The mudflats are also important feeding grounds for the migratory birds on their stopover from Siberia to Australia.
The park has a lake that provides a roosting and feeding sites for various birds. From the bird hides and the towers around the lake one can view otters and birds feeding in the lake. It is the home to a large colony of Grey Herons.
Situated only 20km away from the heart of KL’s city centre, the KSNP is an ideal place to escape to where a greater appreciation for the environment among the public can be encouraged.
Trails at KSNP
Apart from the trails listed below there is also a Mangrove walkway that takes you into the heart of the mangrove forest where you will be able to see and study the flora and fauna in this unique habitat at close quarters.
Facilities at KSNP
Open 7 days a week including public holidays from 0900 to 1800. T-shirts, souvenirs and MNS books/merchandise can be purchased here.
Slide shows on mangrove ecology, conservation and other Park related activities are available on request (please make prior arrangements with the Park Office).
An air-conditioned hall equipped with basic facilities with accommodation for approximately 80 people maximum is also available to rent.
There are 4 A-frame huts, 8 chalets, 2 dormitoriesm, a hostel and a common dining hall.
Flora & Fauna at KSNP
KSNP has 3 distinctive habitats these being the Brackish Water Lake System, Secondary Forest and also Mangrove forest.
Brackish Water Lake System
The lake at KSNP is man-made and was created for birds to roost and feed. It also acts as a safe nesting area for approximately 156 bird species, 57 of which are migratory. There are 3 Watch Towers and Bird Hides situated around the lake where one can observe many bird species including the Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus, Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis and Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata to name a few.
Also around the lake area or close by, you can also see plants such as the Sea Hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus, Noni Morinda citrifolia and Nypa Palm Nypa fruticans.
The Secondary Forest region covers an area of approximately 450 acres which is made accessible by 4 trails. The secondary forest is predominantly a mixture of Strangling Figs, coastal trees such as the Cordia dichotoma, climbers and of course the mangrove fern.
Within the forest, there is a variety of animals including Plantain Squirrels Callosciurus notatus, Oriental Whip Snake Ahaetulla prasina, Four-lined Tree Frog Polypedates leucomystax, Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella and many other reptiles and amphibians. Of the primate species to be found in the forest there is the highly mischievous and noisy Long-Tailed Macaques Macaca fascicularis and notably the distinctive Silvered Leaf Monkey Presbytis cristata, an endangered species and logo of KSNP.
The Park’s mangrove forest represents part of a complex coastal wetland system, which provides an extremely important intermediate stage between the land and aquatic environment. In this unique environment you will not only find rich biodiversity but also specialist adaptations that plants have adopted to cope with the anaerobic and highly saline conditions found in this type of environment.
Within the mangrove forest you will find 4 different families of mangrove trees and a total of 13 species of mangrove trees such as Bruguiera cylindrica that is found here. The mangroves and adjacent mudflats form part of a rich ecosystem that recycles nutrients and provides protection against coastal erosion. It also provides a protective breeding ground for many varieties of commercially important marine invertebrates including crabs, prawns and bivalves, which in turn support a large variety of birds and mammals. Species found here include the Fiddler Crab Uca rosea, Mudskipper species such as Boleophalmus boddaerti and the Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix.
This park is under the management of the Malaysian Nature Society. For those interested to visit the park. Please call or write to:
The Park Manager,
Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Jalan Klinik,
45000 Kuala Selangor,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,