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Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP), about 300 ha, lies at the base of Bukit Melawati on the outskirts of Kuala Selangor town. The Malaysian Nature Society and the State Governement manage the park and owing to the parks rich wetland habitat is an important centre for nature education and research. The park protects vital stands of mangrove forests that are an important lifeline for a wide variety of wildlife. Despite the fascination of Malaysians for seafood, the link between the mangroves and the marine resources are often overlooked. This is where the park centre plays an important role in educating Malaysians.

 




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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.

 

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The other attraction worth checking out is the natural light show provided by millions of tiny fireflies at night. The Selangor River is apparently one of only a few places in the world that have millions of resident fireflies flashing synchronously. This is a beautiful spectacle that can be viewed within a few kilometres from the Kg. Kuantan jetty. A local village cooperative provides a regular boat service and visitors are slowly rowed up river for about 1 km before returning. The best times are between dusk and midnight; it is advisable to avoid full moon nights. After an evening meal, this is a heavenly way to end the day!    



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The roads to Kuala Selangor are not of the PLUS highway kind, they are in good condition for the most part it isnít however dual carriage way. This means the drive can be intimidating for those traveling on rural roads for the first time. For this reason itís better to travel in the day light hours. So travel up on the Saturday afternoon check in, later that night enjoy the fireflies the next morning take a Sunday drive home. 
From Kuala Lumpur via Sungai Buloh (Route 54) or through the North-South PLUS Highway, exit at the Sungai Buloh signboard and follow the signs to Kuala Selangor.
If driving does not sound good then are buses direct from the Pudu Raya Bus Station or from the Klang Bus Station close to Central Market (Pasar Seni).

 


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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,
Malaysia.
Tel: 603-8892294
Fax:: 603-888431