about ulu muda
Earth Lodge is located in a lush tropical rainforest located in the northern Peninsula Malaysia state of Kedah. The 160,000 hectares of Greater Ulu Muda is located along the state's eastern interior border with the Thai province of Yala. Comprising of several forest reserves, Ulu Muda Forest Reserve is by far the largest at 105,000 hectares. The main forest types found at Ulu Muda are the Lowland Dipterocarp Forest, Hill Dipterocarp Forest and the Upper Hill Dipterocarp Forest. The area is known as an important site for large mammals. An important recent find is the discovery of a limestone hill and associated caves of Bukit Labu. Limestone was previously not known to occur here.
Among the wildlife found here are the Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus), Malaysian tapir (Tapirud indicus), barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak), sambar deer (Cervus unicolor), gaur or seladang (Bos gaurus hubback) and the wild pig (Sus scrofa). Most of the wild cats of Malaysia are found here including the larger cats like the Malayan tiger (Penthera tigris jacksoni), panther (Panthera pardus) and the clouded leopard (Neofilis nebulosa).
Birdlife is especially abundent in Ulu Muda with more than 260 species recorded thus far. All 10 Malaysian hornbill species are found here including the very rare plain-pouched hornbill (Rhyticeros subruficollis). Ulu Muda is only one of two sites in Malaysia where all all 10 Malaysian hornbill species call home. Other notable rare and globally threatened birds found at Ulu Muda are the masked finfoot (Heliopais personata), dusky eagle owl (Bubo coromandus) and Malaysian peacock pheasent (Polyplectron malacense).
Other fauna groups like the amphibians, reptiles and insects are not well studied and little is known of them.
Located at the north of Peninsula Malaysia, Ulu Muda has elements of Thai-Burmese flora. Although the forest of Ulu Muda has been logged or disturbed by human activity (logging stopped nearly 30 years ago), much still remains pristine and unexplored particularly areas to the north and east of Greater Ulu Muda.
Three man-made lakes, Ahning, Pedu and Muda are found here. They were built to supply water to irrigate the vast paddy fields of the coastal flood plains of the states of Kedah and Perlis; also known as Malaysia's "Rice Bowl". In addition, these lakes and their forest covered catchment areas are crucial for domestic and industrial water supply for three states, Perlis, Kedah and Penang.
about "Ulu Muda"
Earth Lodge is an ecolodge and a field research center located about 14km in the jungles of Ulu Muda. Visitors have to travel by local sampans (wooden boats) across Muda Lake and up the Muda River before arriving at Kuala Labua (kuala means river mouth in Malay), a scenic site usually reached in one and a half hours. The site is at the confluence of the large Muda River on one side and its tributary Labua River on another. Consisting of seven duplex cabins, fourteen comfortable rooms are available. All with attached bathrooms and a balcony. Other buildings at the site include a kitchen and dinning area.
The main aim of Earth Lodge is to increase knowledge of Ulu Muda's natural history and to raise awareness of the conservation value of this important natural treasure. We also intend to manage and run Earth Lodge with the smallest ecological footprint by constantly trying to be more efficient and sustainable and to ensure the surrounding local communities benefit from our operations and tourism at large.
The main objective of the project "Ulu Muda." Reserve is to preserve and further more in-depth study of the natural nature of the "Ulu Muda."
This expedition is designed for scientists, scientific - research groups, environmentalists, or simply for those who are interested and want to see tropical flora and fauna, untouched by civilization. The expedition could be three days or four days at the option of the guests.
Transportation (wooden boat) from the jetty on Lake Muda to the destination is a kind of journey during which you can meet many wild animals and birds of the jungle. During the expedition you can visit numerous caves, hot springs.
Guides will develop a program of your choice. You will have the rare opportunity to hear the cries of gibbons in the morning, and if you're lucky, you'll see a herd of elephants, tapirs, and many other large mammals that live in these places. This is an expedition into the wild, and you can never know what you'll see. The reserve is home to a huge variety of representatives of nature, which is not affected by the outside world.
You want to forget the city noise and fuss?
Are you tired of noisy hotels and shopping centers?
If so, then ........................ "Ulu Muda" is waiting for you.