Taman Negara Tour Specialist

'Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble'. 
Roger Tory Peterson (1908 - 1996)

It is expensive and time consuming to accurately assess the biodiversity in an ecosystem. Therefore, scientists often use a representative group to know what is happening in that environment. Several animals or species can act as indicators of environmental health. 

Birds are one such group that are often used for a number of reasons. Birds are everywhere and they are relatively easily seen and identified and we know a lot about them, their biology and their life-histories. Most people enjoy them for their beauty, their liveliness or their song. Ecosystems are usually so complex that no single component can speak for all the others. Nevertheless, birds can give an indication whether the system is healthy or otherwise, and their study can be a useful way to gain an understanding of ecosystems and their needs. Since a fully diverse ecology is needed to support a healthy number and range of species, a lower than expected number or range of species in an environment clearly indicates a lower ecological diversity. 

Birds are particularly good as environmental indicators because they:


  • live in almost every type of environment and in almost every niche (place or role) within those environments.

  • are at the top of the food-chain and are therefore vulnerable to accumulating chemicals

  • have representatives that depend on the full range of animal diets

  • are easy to see and observe

  • are already relatively well-known, providing a good baseline against which change can easily be monitored.

Birds have also been used as indicators of grassland, wetland, meadow, rainforest and desert health, of environmental hazards, and of changes in other types of biodiversity. Changes in living birds, both individuals and populations, are evidence of climate change and fossil birds have been used to indicate what past climates were like. Bird skins and eggs in museums have shown the history and damage caused by some pollutants, and changes in the timing of events in birds lives or in the places birds occur point to environmental change. The possibilities are endless.

Jenut Holidays Sdn Bhd is the first and currently the only tour operators in Kuala Tahan that actively promoting birdwatching tours in Taman Negara. We spend our time, energy and own financial resources in surveying and locating birds in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan. Our team members and local nature guides have actively involved in creating "BirdGroup Taman Negara", a like-minded birding enthusiasts in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan and we worked together with local NGOs and public varsities in co-organising annual Taman Negara Bird Count. Inaugural event was organised from 15 - 16 March 2014 and subsequently in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. We look forward to help in organising the next event in first quarter of 2019.

Bird Count is an ongoing process. Organisations are welcomed to join us in doing Taman Negara Bird Count and you can make it as part of your organisation's Corporate Social Responsibility for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in Taman Negara.


BirdGroup Taman Negara

BirdGroup Taman Negara and Local NGOs Organising Committee 2014

BirdGroup Taman Negara, Government Agencies and Local NGOs Organising Committee 2015

BirdGroup Taman Negara, Government Agencies and Local NGOs Organising Committee 2016

 Taman Negara Bird Count Technical Team Members 2014

 Taman Negara Bird Count Technical Team Members 2015

 Taman Negara Bird Count Technical Team Members 2016

Participants of Bird Count 2014

Participants of Bird Count 2015

Participants of Bird Count 2016

Jenut Holidays is also working together with state's tourism organisation ie. Tourism Pahang, Ministry of Tourism & Culture (Pahang Office), Tourism Malaysia and Mutiara Taman Negara in organising an inaugural Taman Negara International Birdrace from 22 - 23 November 2014.