Talks to reveal secrets of Santubong peninsular

KUCHING: From Sarawak’s very own ‘Stonehenge’ to butterflies, moths, birds, carnivorous plants, night creatures and early Chinese settlers, the Santubong peninsula has many secrets to reveal.


GORGEOUS: Pantai Puteri in Kampung Santubong.

GORGEOUS: Pantai Puteri in Kampung Santubong.

These secrets will be revealed at the Santubong Nature Festival’s (SNF) nature talks this weekend.


Festival organisers, Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch and Permai Rainforest Resort have arranged 12 speakers who will deliberate on various interesting topics on the peninsula’s geological and historical past, rich heritage and biodiversity.


A publicity release issued yesterday highlighted that these talks will take place at Permai Rainforest Resort’s conference room from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, and 9am to 11am on Sunday.


Admission is open to the public for free.


On Saturday at 2pm, the first speaker, a senior geologist from the Geological Department Sarawak Henry Litong, will speak on the ‘Geology of Santubong’.


Hans Hazebroek who is a geologist, author and professional photographer will then give a talk on ‘Hands-on Geology Walk’ at 2.30pm.


Other talks include The Carnivorous Plants of Santubong at 2.30pm by wildlife photographer and biologist Chi’en Chien Lee; social scientist Tengku Hilda Tengku Ahmad on Santubong Stonehenge (3pm); writer and teacher Tom McLaughlin on Chinese Settlers In Santubong (3.30pm); ecologist with SFC Rambli Ahmad on Defining Wallace’s Line (4pm); and researcher and entomologist with Unimas Ikhwan Idris on Butterflies and Moths of Santubong (4.30pm).


Herpetologist Hans Breuer will also introduce forest creatures of the night in a 30-minute talk at 7.30pm and followed by a 90-minute night walk.


On Sunday, the nature talks will start at 9am with MNS Miri Branch chairman and SFC honorary wildlife ranger Musa Musbah talking on Oriental Pied Hornbills at Piasau Camp.


Talk highlights on Sunday include Surveying Migratory Waterbirds In Sarawak by bird specialist and environmental consultant based in Penang Dave Bakewell (9.30am); Endangered Animals and Enforcement in Sarawak by SFC’s head of Protected Areas Biodiversity Conservation and MNS Council member Oswald Braken Tisen (10am); and Illegal Wildlife Trade In Malaysia by Traffic Southeast Asia senior programme officer and MNS Council member Kanitha Krishnasamy and senior communication officer Elizabeth John (10.30am).


Organising chairman Vincent Wong said the public should take the opportunity to learn more about Santubong’s past, uniqueness and rich biodiversity during these talks.


“It is through better understanding of the peninsula that we will appreciate the area and better manage and conserve it for posterity,” he said.


He said some of the talks would cover a wider perspective than Santubong itself such as wildlife trafficking in Malaysia and wildlife conservation in Sarawak.


He thanked all speakers and Santubong Nature Festival’s partners including Kuching North City Commission (DBKU), Damai Central, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, LimKokWing Institute of Creative Technology, UCSI University, Friends of Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Museum Department, SSPCA and Sarawak Heritage Society for their support towards the event.


Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai is expected to officiate at the launching of the festival on Nov 9 at 11am.


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