The picture above shows some tourists (a couple and a gentleman) taking a leisurely stroll around the park. A security guard is patrolling the park. A honeymooner's delight, but warning to pick-pockets to beware of the authorities!
When the KLCC Park was designed and built, key consideration was given to environmental factors such as conservation and biodiversity. For example, when the former Selangor Turf Club was relocated to Sg Besi in the early 1990s, a total of about 23 of the mature and rare tress were saved and transplanted on the park. When this 50-acre (20-hectares) park was launched in 1998, there were about 1,900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palms which has been carefully selected to encourage bio-diversity and provide a haven for birds and other local fauna. The fruits of the indigenous trees attract local and migratory birds. Coupled with a conducive green environment, it is hoped that this place will become an important link to the bird wildlife corridors of the region.
This showcase of tropical rainforest trees and greenery has enabled me to appreciate KLCC Parks's unique theme and concept. Walking around the park at certain areas, I saw different types of birds feeding on some fruits high up in the trees. Some are black or brown and some are quite colourful. I saw pigeons, sparrows, mynas and starlings. Some of the more colourful ones, I don't know their names. How I wish I had a more powerful camera to capture these beautiful birds. What a great way to learn about my own country's herritage of native plants. I am sure a visit to KLCC Park will be an enriching experience for you and for me.
KLCC Park is opened daily from 7:00am - 10:00pm
Some of the indigenous trees planted at KLCC Park include the following:
1. Javanese Cassia aka Apple Blossom Cassia (Cassia javanica)
2. Purple simpuh (Dillenia excelsa)
3. Indian laurel (Ficus nitida)
4. Butter fruit tree aka buah mentega, buah saklat (Diospyros blancoi)
5. Simpoh India aka Elephant's Apple (Dillenia indica)
6. Kapur aka camphor tree (Dryobalanops aromatica)
7. Rambutan fruit tree (Nephelium cappaceum)
8. Golden Showy Casia aka Devils Finger (Senna floribunda, Cassia floribunda)
9. Golden Shower Tree aka Indian Laburnum (Cassia fistula)
The trees names in items 1-7 are information obtained from the signages placed next to the real specimens at KLCC Park. Items 8 & 9 are based on pictures taken during my October 2009 visit to the park and compared with information listed on various botanical /nursery websites. Information about the history of KLCC Park is obtained from KLCC Park opened document .
This is my entry for Think Green Thursday #22. My grateful thanks to Rambling Woods for making this possible. To view what others around the world have to say or to participate, visit here.