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CANOPY WALKWAY
It is estimated that, 75% of animals in the
tropics spend most of their time on the canopy.
The canopy walkway is in alternative to
overcoming the hardship to observe wildlife
from the ground. Animals in the canopy appear
less fearful of people than on the ground.
The canopy walkway is essentially a rope and
steel cable suspension bridge that zigzags
through the crowns of the tallest, stronges tree
such as 'Manggaris' (Kompassia excelsa). The
walkway is composed of a series of 5 meters
aluminium ladders bolted together and
suspended horizontally from cables. Laced
with polyster ropes, the open rungs are
covered with boards for walking. Fish netting
encloses the side for safety.
At Poring, there are 3 circuits of canopy
walkway with a total length of 373.6 meters
and height up to 41 meters depending on the
slope of the land below. The walkway was
opened for use on May 02, 1990. The first
circuit with 'Y' shape and length of 157.6
meters is a tourist walkway. HereHere, the
visitors have the opportunity to use the
walkway to observe a range of wildlife such
as birds, tree shrews, tarsiers etc. The walkway
is available at the night and daytime.
The other 2 circuits with length of 133 meters
and 83 meters respectively are research
walkways. These walkways are located 352
meters from the first circuit and two meters from
each other's. This facility provides as location
for scientific research. For instance the study
of small mammals in canopy level. A total of 33
species of tree shrews have been recorded.
Data collecting for this study is continuing.

Sustainable efforts are also made to habituate
wildlife especially primates and big mammals in
order to bring them to use the canopy walkway
area. The progress of this works showed a
positive result. It is hoped that, in time to come
an observation upon wildlife will be easier and
enhance attraction to visitors.

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